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 Daily News: 4/6/2000 Report

For Latest News. For earlier reports: See the News Index for a list of all the Daily Reports. See the Home Page for Individual Stories.  Receiving Reports from over 25 Teams on Everest this Spring 2000.

  • Everest South Side 2000:

Sherpas are going into the ice fall. EverestNews.com is hearing that the ice fall will likely be opened in the next few days for others. Some concern over oxygen not arriving. 

  • Everest North Side 2000:

Snow ! Climbers are making their way to Base Camp slowly. See Annapurna news below. Some climbers are still in Kathmandu. 

  • Everest Spring 2000: Adventure Consultants Featured Expedition on EverestNews.com

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Adventure Consultants in Spring 2000.  Adventure Consultants is a world renowned expedition climbing company with a legacy of ascents to the more remote and wild peaks on our planet. Quality service, complete commitment and success are the hallmarks of Adventure Consultants, as are Guy Cotter and the qualified guides and staff who are the driving force behind Adventure Consultants’ expeditions. 

March 29 to April 4 2000 - Trekking to Everest Base Camp

The Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition 2000 is underway! Several months of organizing and planning culminated in Guy Cotter arriving in Nepal on March 15 with his family. They were met by Ang Tshering, the Expedition Sirdar, after several days of details, meetings, un-packing, re-packing, shopping and socializing they were able to depart for Lukla and begin the trek to Khumjung. By March 24 they had arrived in the village and the Cotter family was able to settle in to their lodge accommodation which will be their home for the coming weeks while Guy is away at Everest Base Camp. Guy continued onto Base Camp arriving on March 30 to meet up with Ang Dorje, Ang Tshering, Chuldim and Chongba who had already carried on ahead in order to set up the Adventure Consultants base camp.

Climber Andy Hebson arrived in Kathmandu on March 22 and promptly flew to Lukla to being his acclimatisation. He has mainly been staying around the village of Kunde and catching up with his friends Jim Litch and Rachel Bishop at Kunde Hospital, after having climbed with them on the Adventure Consultants Cho Oyu Expedition in 1999. Guide David Hiddleston arrived in Kathmandu on March 27 and the rest of the group flew in on March 29. After a day of sightseeing and shopping in the wonderful markets of Kathmandu the group flew to Lukla on March 31. David commented from the Garuda Hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu on Thursday March 30 "...we've got a really fun bunch here, everyone's looking forward to getting on the trail, there's going to be a lot of hilarity - there has been already!"

After a night in Phukding, the group continued onto Jorsales at the entrance to the National Park, and then climbed the big hill to Namche Bazar on Sunday April 2. Guy had returned back down the valleys to meet them in Namche along with Andy Hebson. They went for an acclimatisation trek on April 3 from Namche and then moved up to the village of Khumjung today, April 4 where they are all expected for dinner at Ang Tshering's Lodge!

Guy Cotter phoned in from Khumjung to report on the expedition's progress. He said "it's been a very light winter so far and there isn't much snow up high, in fact the lower peaks look out of condition but it should be OK higher up. Up at Base Camp there are very few other westerners in residence so far. Some will be arriving by now and the rest are on their way up. Our base camp is established and Ang Dorje has been up to Camp II carrying loads, only four teams have got to Camp II. The icefall is in good condition and has been organised by Arun Treks this year. There's been some early snowfalls but the weather has been great, perfect, for the past week or so. Andy's been running around the hills above Kunde and when I met up with Yuki he was looking strong, they're all due up here today and we'll have dinner together tonight."

The team intends to progress steadily towards base camp over the next few days and if all going well they intend to walk to Deboche on April 5, spend a couple of days in Pheriche and then go to Lobuche on April 8. After an ascent of Kala Patar they plan to reach base camp by April 11.

Reports on the trek and expedition won't be daily, as all the Adventure Consultants communications equipment is set up at base camp, but check in from mid-April onwards for progress reports on the climbing. Guy commented that "every lodge is full of people with laptops on their knees!"

Adventure Consultants http://www.adventure.co.nz 

  • Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith at EBC !

Current Status: Byron, Tim and Brad are preparing to go through to Camp 1 Thursday, for the first acclimatization climb. Byron reviews the equipment they need to take them safely through the icefall.

For video updates (which are very good), and daily dispatches check Byron's Expedition out today: http://cbc.ca/everest2000/

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The list of Himalayan expeditions. Spring 2000

  • Annapurna Spring 2000: 4/4/2000

EverestNews.com will follow the attempt on Annapurna of the "International Annapurna 2000 Expedition": We think you will find these daily reports very interesting. Go to their site for the pictures and dispatches in Spanish. Their web site:  www.interofer.es/annapurna2000 with reports in Spanish, Pictures and more !

Title: The expedition is paralyzed because of a storm of snow, ice and wind

WeatherIntense Snow(-15ΊC)

Expedition Location: Reached 3,300 meters, inside the tents because of a storm.

Next objective: To cross the Tolobugin Pass at 4300 meters.

Update: An unexpected storm of snow, hail and wind, paralyzed the forward progress of the Expedition. This happened when the expedition planned to cross the Tolobugin Pass, located at 4300 meters of altitude. This pass must be crossed to reach Base Camp. These difficulties at the pass, caused many porters to abandon the expedition and turn around.  Josep Antoni, the leader of the expedition, ordered everyone to put up their tents and wait for improved weather and more porters to arrive. In the coming hours, when the snow and the wind (clocked at upwards of  60 km per hour) die down, the group will start off over the Tolobugin Pass, setting fixed ropes after the snow has settled.

In the official notice sent by Joaquim Molins via satellite, "The thermometers, inside the tents, have descended to 6 degrees below zero, a temperature that contrasts with more than 30 positives of just a few hours before."

  • Annapurna Spring 2000: 4/5/2000

Title: Problems are Accumulating for Expedition

Weather: Variable with abrupt variations of temperature.

Expedition Location: Camped near the Thulobugin Pass somewhere around 3,300 meters. 

Next objective: To recruit porters and to go through the Thulobugin Pass at 4300 meters.

Update: The problems continue to harass International Annapurna 2000 Expedition sponsored by the Port of Barcelona. The expedition is paralyzed at 3300 meters on way to the Base Camp.  Due to a lack of porters that would carry all the materials for the expedition, things are problematic. Dr Josep Antoni Pujante, leader of the expedition has received the high sponsorship of king Juan Carlos I of Spain and the King of Nepal, Birendra Bir, showed his worry today.  Although he remembered that in Nepal "The important thing is to arm oneself with a good dose of patience and to wait because in the end everything is solved ".  " The existence at 3300 meters, the height of the Aneto, on the foot of the Thulobugin Pass is a key point on the way towards Base Camp.  The main reason the porters abandoned the expedition is due to the dangerous slopes and a 2000 meter precipice that must be navigated to get through. The expedition's goods are currently divided into three parts, 18 cans in Lete, (waiting for porters) 20 camping near the pass, and another 18 near way of the pass, located to 4300 meters of altitude.

EverestNews.com has added a Spring 2000 Annapurna Page where EverestNews.com will report News on this expedition and other Annapurna News. 

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  • Alan Hinkes Update:

Alan Hinkes arrives in Kathmandu.: Amid Garlands and Flowers, Alan Hinkes arrived in Kathmandu. He was met by his old time friend Bikrum Pandey at the airport. Bikrum is a Tourism Professional of Nepal; he helps prominent Mountaineers like Sir Chris Bonington, George Band and Alan Hinkes in their quest to climb Mountains in Nepal and Tibet. 

Alan is here this time to climb Mt. Kangchenjunga (8,597 m) the third highest mountain in the world. Challenge 8000 is Alan's attempt to climb all of the world's peaks over 8000 m. It is a long, daunting and arduous task, so far involving 24 expeditions over 12 years. Only six mountaineers have climbed all 14 and when Alan succeeds he will be the first Brit to do so. After succeeding Kangchenjunga, Alan is planning to climb Annapurna and Dhaulagiri this autumn season.  Reported by Himalaya Centre Kathmandu Nepal 

Reinhold Messner latest adventure

The Quest for 14

Death on the way to Everest continued

Death on the way to Everest

EverestNews.com has learned a 14 year boy plans to attempt the Summit of Everest in Spring 2000

Juan Oiarzabal, "To the Edge of The Impossible" or AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE in Spanish: Expedition to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory and Irvine of Everest. This expedition is already underway.

Summary of Canadian Expeditions on Everest in Spring 2000

Graham Hoyland's Lecture "Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory" in the Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History.

Alan Hinkes Q&A

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Adventure Consultants for Everest Spring 2000

Close Does Not Count for Records

ALAN HINKES TARGETS THIRD HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD, KANGCHENJUNGA AS TWELFTH MOUNTAIN ON HIS CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE BRITISH RECORD

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe for Everest Spring 2000

Spanish Climber to attempt the Messner route on Everest

Change of Guard at the Khumbu Ice Fall

Graham Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 in search of the camera and Irvine.

Jochen Hemmleb Q&A Part 7

India climber plans to spend the night on the Summit

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