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 Daily News: 4/13/2000 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 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.

Dispatch: Arrival at Base Camp Guy Cotter made contact via satellite phone from Everest Base Camp this morning and reported, "we arrived last night and everything is going well, the weather has been fantastic overall, clear every morning and even some afternoons". He said that "Yuki and Andy are both going strong and in good spirits, the trekkers enjoyed sunset at Kalapatar last night and will now spend 3 nights at BC sharing in the atmosphere". He noted that many expeditions were now in Base Camp and related the number of people appeared to be similar to that of the 1993 Spring season. After a few days of rest combined with equipment preparation, the AC climbing team will begin their acclimatisation, traveling through the Khumbu icefall to Camp One and back. 

Check them out today at http://www.adventure.co.nz 

  • Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith

Current Status: Expedition leader Byron Smith and climber Tim Rippel continue to rest at Basecamp while waiting for the best time to take acclimatization climbs to higher camps. Byron says they're timing things to be in a good position for a summit push without having to wait for long periods of time between trips to the higher camps. 

Byron remains positive about the changes to the expedition team. Check his diary entry for more http://cbc.ca/everest2000/

  • Speaking of Byron and his friends at cbc.ca. They have this nice 3D model posted on their site. They're really pleased with it. You can find it at http://www.cbc.ca./everest2000/games Viewers will need a plugin for their browser called Cult 3D, it's available from a link on their site. 

 

  • Danish Expedition: Thrane & Thrane

The satellite communication company, Thrane & Thrane, is sponsoring the first all Danish Mount Everest Expedition. The expedition named ‘BigE – Thrane & Thrane Danish Everest Expedition 2000’ -  All eight members of the BigE-expedition are among the most experienced Danish climbers with significant mountaineering experience. Leader of the expedition and team doctor is Henrik Jessen Hansen. Henrik Jessen Hansen has been on five earlier expeditions to the Himalayas, including one to Mount Everest in 1996. This year was a disastrous year, one with numerous casualties. As a result, Henrik Jessen Hansen had to give up his personal attempt to reach the summit. Henrik Jessen Hansen established the world highest emergency hospital, where he performed important and needed rescue help.

Update: At Base Camp: I was up twice in the night to relieve myself. Even though the temperature was below -10 degrees C it wasn't bad, probably because it took as little time as possible. It's getting light now at 6 am and I can hear someone on their way past to climb the icefall. A bit late, perhaps, but it IS cold if you start earlier. It'll take another 2 hours before the first rays of the sun shine on the camp.

At 7.56 it happens. The first rays hit the tent and the temperature rises swiftly some 20 degrees. The weather outside is still not too good with a continuing cold wind and quite a few clouds. It will probably snow this afternoon. Breakfast will be followed by detailing of practical tasks. We need to reorganize some of the joint containers and some of the provisions bound for camps 1 and 2 must be prepared. While some of the others get started on that, Mads and I have a go at the technical side. Yesterday, we succeeded in unfolding the large solar cells so that our 2 special batteries could be recharged during the morning when the sun is most reliable.

The next major task is the walkie-talkies. The antenna itself is easy to find as it is 2 meters long. But where are the assembly instructions? There are about 60 different screws, washers and tubes! We find the instructions together with the base station so it's a question of patiently following the instructions. We use a spare tent pole as a mast and soon have the antenna tied firmly to it and pointing in the right direction towards the icefall. We test the base station, antenna and handset and, after some toothing problems, it is all working fine. We will have to wait for a full test as we know that reception conditions are bad between base camp and camp 2 in particular.

We set the telephone up yesterday and the reception conditions are perfect. We can use it partly as a normal (ISDN) phone and partly to send and receive e-mails via the laptop computer that I'm writing these lines on. Tomorrow, all we need to do is to test the connection between the walkie-talkie and the telephone so we can speak directly to Denmark from the summit! This may sound a bit like "The Danish High Tech Expedition" but it is nice to be in touch with the world. On our first expedition in 1988, neither our families nor friends heard from us for almost a month! 

For the rest of their dispatch see their site at  http://www.tt.dk  

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

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