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 Tom Moores' Plans for 2002 and a case of bad reporting - last Updated 3/4/2002

Tom Moores, summited Lhotse in spring 2001. However, Tom had a tough time and almost died. His story, in his own words, is at the end of this piece. Interestingly enough Tom has widely been reported to be going to K2 in 2002. Frankly, this seemed strange to EverestNews.com coming so soon after Tom's difficult summit of Lhotse in 2001. We asked Tom what his plans were when we were told that it was reported that he was going to K2 in 2002.... Some of these "articles" also said Tom would not climb K2 with Gary Pfisterer.

These stories smelled like bad reporting to us. A story, that every time it was "copied," a little more got wrong. EverestNews.com wonders why they never think of asking the climbers rather than just copying the reports of others. Hum, what an idea :)

Sadly, people can be hurt by these reports with false statements... Ok, on to what Tom is really doing in 2002 !!!

"Sadly, the only plans to attempt K2 are long term. I have a slight financial problem at the moment, and also the political situation in that region isn't looking particularly stable. My plans are as follows. I may be taking a year out of university from June '03 Till Sept '04. If that happens then I need to justify it to my university, i.e., it has to be beneficial to my studies. So I plan to do a study on the physiological affects of altitude. I'm studying Sports Science (outdoor activities) at university. This I will hope to do while climbing, over the course of that year.

Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga. Probably Kanchenjunga in the autumn of '03 Everest in the spring of '04 and K2 in the summer of '04, back to back with the Everest ascent. It would be very ambitious but I reckon I may be able to do it. I would get student loans, as if I was a student. Hopefully I could then get sponsorship from both aspects. The study side of it and the climbing side. 

I'd probably end up doing K2 and Kanch with Gary (Pfisterer) and then Everest with Daniel Mazur or someone like that. I haven't really thought about the logistics yet. Best wishes Tom Moores

On the bad reporting, " I honestly don't know how people got the idea I was going to attempt K2 this year. It is possible that when interviewed recently I have said I wanted to do K2 next. Maybe that has been misunderstood! Maybe it has also been misunderstood from your website but I can't see how? Where does it say I'm planning to attempt K2 this year??"

Thanks Tom

His Summit of Lhotse Spring 2001

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