All the feedback from
everyone is clear. The Summit is the Summit, not a fore
summit or a lower summit, but the top.
The world according to
Webster's: summit. The highest point or part; the top, as of a mountain. Case
The Issue seems clear.
If you have not reached "THE" summit, you have not completed the
Here is what the
greatest living climbers in the world have to say about this issue.
Reinhold Messner: "All
the 8,000ers have one, nothing else and that is a main summit.
According to his or her personal experience, each person
must decide by himself or herself where they have been. Always
for me the most important thing is not where the others have gone but the
experience lived through".
"This 'race' is a little outside the objective. I do not believe that
it is a race between climbers rather it is between the
"media". Perhaps I am mistaken. If
people want to play, in my opinion, the climber must reach the highest
point and without oxygen, of course. In
fact, if you have a minimum of ethics, your heart will say to you if your climbing
is clean or not. Personally,
I went twice to Shishapangma because the first time, in 1990, the route to the
main summit was dangerous ".
Krzysztof Wielicki: "If
we agree that the 14 8,000ers' main summits means that "the highest
point" then this always the main summit".
Carlos Carsolio: "To
complete the 14 8,000ers one talks about reaching main
summits of the fourteen mountains.
These mountains have 21 independent summits of more than 8000 meters,
and a considerable amount of "antesummits" (he
considers an antesummit the central top of Shishapangma), if these are
subsidiary summits then there are 22). That
is to say, to be able to complete the fourteen, you must reach the highest point
of each one. An interesting
challenge for the generations of the future is to get to complete 21 summits,
one of them even remains unclimbed - the Mid Lhotse summit".
"The summit is the
summit and peculiarly it agrees with the highest point "
This issue is crystal
clear folks. EverestNews.com considers this issue closed. We encourage climbers
and media to live by the standards set before by their peers. If a climber wants
his or her name mentioned
with the likes of these
great climbers, then do it right !
- Everest North Side:
Graham and The BBC
Latest Updates Direct
we can hope to do is to give Sandy Irvine a decent burial, safe from the
birds and souvenir-hunters, and try to find out what happened on the
last day of his life.
and I take a walk up the left-hand bank of the Rongbuk glacier to get a
closer look at Everest, just as Mallory did in 1921 on his
reconnaissance of the mountain.
are not even pure yaks, they are crossed with cows to make them more
biddable. Heaven knows what the pure yaks would be like.
snow fell overnight, I am reluctant to get up. Yesterday at this time I
was stripped to the waist, in warm sunlight. Today there's a chill wind
and snow on the ground.
windless morning for the puja: the Sherpa ceremony. This ritual is most
important to all of us as it placates the mountain gods.
Check our Mallory
& Irvine 2000, Graham and the BBC returns, page for more
- Everest North Side:
Three Dutch Climbers
Frits Vrijlandt, Steven Le Poole, and Joke Groenendaal: Frits and Steven, will
attempt to climb Everest via the North ridge. Joke will keep you updated.
Rough night at
CAMP - Last night, the expedition members spent their first night at
Advanced Base Camp. Most team members did not enjoy it at all. Steven
calls it a 'totally awful night' and Joke has been sick.
for entire article
Check them out: http://www.everest.home.nl/
for the full details.
- The North Side:
The five members of the Retena
Expedition Odyssey Everest 2000 have arrived at ABC.
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 !
avalanches restrain the progression.
Location: Base Camp at 4180 meters
Next Objective: Climb to Camp
II to study the snow