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The Story is
Communications are down for most expeditions.
Our sources are
telling us that Graham
Hoyland, with the BBC expedition, and Juan
, with the
Spanish Expedition attempting to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory and Irvine,
getting along very well. However
communications with both expeditions still appear to be down.
Camp 4 is being
established. Looks like late
this week or early May for Summit attempts.
A team of eight climbers
and over 20 Sherpas will climb to Camp
4 on Everest this spring to attempt to bring down hundreds of discarded
oxygen bottles and tons of trash left by other climbers in the past. Besides
performing this necessary task the group will also attempt to summit Everest.
Members include Robert
Chang, Expedition leader Robert Hoffman of Belmont, CA, (his fourth expedition
to Everest), Deputy Expedition leader is Robert Boice of San Francisco. The
expedition trek leader is Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the son of one of the first
Everest summiteers, Tenzing Norgay. In addition, Sherman Bull, 62, of Stamford,
CT, is a physician member. The lead Sherpa is Appa
Rob here in Everest base camp. Sorry I have not had an opportunity to
email or update you guys as things have not been as simple as anticipated, but
now they are with email in base camp. Our trek in was good. I got a
pretty good bug in my stomach on the way in but with some antibiotics, it is under
control. The hike in was hard, as base camp trek at over 16000 feet.
There are over 20 plus teams here and many tents everywhere.
On the 19th of
climbed up through the famed Khumbu icefall. It was amazing. The
vastness of the ice along with the fact that it rises so high above base camp
makes it bigger than life. It was a humble climb to around
19500 feet to camp one. Just
as in the movies in books, we traverse, climb and hike through maze of jumbled
ice that looms many times overhead. There is the lower icefall, a place
called the popcorn area, the upper icefall and top. It was amazing to go
across the ladders-bridging the crevasses and using the fixed ropes to ascend
and descend up and down in these areas. Looking down into the abyss under the
ladders is intense to say the least. At one point, at the top of the
icefall, there is a section in which 5 ladders are tied together and leaned
vertically up against an ice wall, it was interesting to say the least looking
many stories down these flexing ladders into a seemingly endless crevasse.
We spent one night at camp one and then descended today. The 20th of April: I had
a bug in the stomach again and it made the past two days miserable. I am spent. We
plan to rest a day and then go back up for at least 8 - 10 days and plan to put
in Camp 2 and make a one night stay at Camp three and then come all the way back
Chang, Expedition leader
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Andy came down to
BC from Camp 2 yesterday as he was having problems acclimatizing to the higher
altitude of Camp 2. Dr Rachel Bishop is assessing his condition and he is
resting up at BC for the next few days. Dave and Yuki are climbing towards Camp
3 today then Camp 2 tonight and BC tomorrow.
returned from base of Lhotse Face
Yuki and Dave back in BC at
11.00 am from Camp 2 after walking to the base of the Lhotse face (7000m)
yesterday. They arrived back into Camp 2 tired but feeling good. An early start
this morning I saw them at Camp 1 in about 1hr and a couple of hours later safe
and sound at BC. A collapse in the icefall delayed a lot of Sherpas going up
this morning but was fixed by the time Dave and Yuki came down.
Both Dave and Yuki are fine
although Yuki has a slight cold but a few days rest at BC will see them
fortified for the next phase which takes them to Camp 2 and after another rest
day to Camp 2 to sleep. Andy is still feeling rough and will need to descend to
lower altitudes to recover from the effects of high altitude.
Base Camp is the usual bustle
of activity with climbers regularly coming and going from the mountain whilst
those of us in support in BC have an afternoon soccer match to keep us amused
and out of breath!
- Everest Spring
Current Status: Nine
Sherpas will be trekking-up to Camp IV to stock the camp. It will take
five days to fully supply Camp IV. Once that is done, the Sherpas will
return to Base camp to rest. Then, the Everest 2000 team will be ready for
their summit bid. Weather permitting, they should begin their ascent
towards the end of April or the first week of May.
For video updates,
background information, interactive maps and more on
his diary entry for more http://cbc.ca/everest2000/
- Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:
Current Status: The
doctors for the 26 expeditions at Mount Everest have pooled their resources to
build an emergency medical center.
You can get full details on the
Canadians at the Canadian Everest Expedition 2000's official website -- http://www.canoe.ca/Everest/home.html
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 !
are moving up ! They have not
given up. Look for updated on
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a Spring 2000 Annapurna Page where EverestNews.com
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