Daily News: 4/6/2000 Report
News. For earlier reports:
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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.
! 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
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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
March 29 to April 4
2000 - Trekking to Everest Base Camp
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
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
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
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!"
- 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/
list of Himalayan expeditions. Spring 2000
- Annapurna Spring 2000:
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 !
expedition is paralyzed because of a storm of snow, ice and wind
Location: Reached 3,300 meters,
inside the tents because of a storm.
Next objective: To
cross the Tolobugin Pass at 4300 meters.
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.
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:
with abrupt variations of temperature.
Location: Camped near the Thulobugin
Pass somewhere around 3,300
Next objective: To recruit porters
and to go through the Thulobugin
Pass at 4300 meters.
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
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
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you e-mailed us and we have NOT
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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
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
Messner latest adventure
Quest for 14
on the way to Everest continued
on the way to Everest
has learned a 14 year boy
plans to attempt the Summit of Everest in Spring 2000
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
expedition is already
of Canadian Expeditions on Everest in Spring 2000
Hoyland's Lecture "Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory" in the
Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History.
will feature full dispatches from Adventure Consultants for Everest Spring 2000
Does Not Count for Records
HINKES TARGETS THIRD HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD, KANGCHENJUNGA AS TWELFTH
MOUNTAIN ON HIS CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE BRITISH RECORD
will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe for Everest Spring 2000
Climber to attempt the Messner route on Everest
of Guard at the Khumbu Ice Fall
Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 in search of the camera and
Hemmleb Q&A Part 7
climber plans to spend the night on the Summit