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 Daily News: 4/24/2000 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 North Side:

The Story is Communications are down for most expeditions. 

Our sources are telling us that Graham Hoyland, with the BBC expedition, and Juan Oiarzabal , with the Spanish Expedition attempting to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory and Irvine, are getting along very well. However communications with both expeditions still appear to be down.

  • Everest South Side:

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 Sherpa.

Current Status:  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 April  we 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 down. 

Robert Chang, Expedition leader

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    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: 4/21/2000

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. 

Dispatch: 4/22/2000 Team 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!

Guy

  • Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith

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 check 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

  • Annapurna Spring 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 !

Update:  They are moving up ! They have not given up. Look for updated on Tuesday...

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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