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 Expedition Castellana Y Leonesa

Update: May 22nd, 2001 - Summit!


The exciting story from the expedition and our sources...


At 9.30 am Spanish time, Tente Lagunilla, Pedro Rodriguez and Martin Ramos summited Everest. They began their ascent at midnight along with Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who had to turn around at 8,300 meters due to the intense cold. Before the south summit, they met two sherpas from another expedition. These very strong sherpas had already summited Everest twice, but were turning around at the south summit, without having fixed the ropes on the final section. This left Pedro, Martin and Tente to carry on roped up with a kevlar rope to the Hillary Step and to arrive at the summit. At 10.15am Spanish Time they are at the south summit, where they are waiting for sherpas with emergency oxygen. The expedition reports, "From the Hillary Step there are fixed ropes which means they should have no trouble getting back to the South Col where they will sleep tonight."


The details are sketchy. From the facts, it seems that they summited at 9.30am and therefore took 45 minutes to descend to the south summit. Sherpas were bringing up emergency oxygen for them.  This would definitely imply that they are out of oxygen and probably cannot continue without the emergency supply, but they seems perfectly confident of their safety. There is no note of concern.


The two sherpas they met on the way up DID NOT summit, and did not  fix the ropes on the final section.


The last report indicate they are under 8500 meters in an area considered safe. They are expected to arrive very soon to camp 4.


Update: 4 members of Castilla y Leon Everest expedition (3 of those had made the first ascent of Everest summitt this year from South) have returned safely to Camp II (6400 m.)


Report: Castellano Y Leonesa Expedition from Spain has successfully climbed the summit of 8,848 m. high, World's highest peak, Mt. Everest on 22nd May 2001 at 12:30 PM being the first successful team for this Spring season. They spent 30 Minutes on the Summit. 


1) Mr. Emilio Vioente Lagunilla Alonso (1961) Fireman, from Palencia, Spain.
2) Mr. Pedro Rodriguez Anchez (1968) Teacher, from Avila, Spain.
3) Mr. Martin Ramos Garcia (1966) Fireman, From Segovia, Spain.

They started from camp IV (South Col.) for the summit on 22nd May 2001 at 12:30 a.m.


This eight-member expedition team was permitted to climb Mt. Sagarmatha from South East Ridge route under the Leadership of Mr. Isidoro Rodriguez Cubillas (1951) Teacher, from Leon, Spain.

Himalaya Center       23rd May 2001 Kathmandu, Nepal


Once again the expedition has not noted concern and appears to be handling everything. It is not easy being first up, especially with no Sherpas climbers to break trail and fix ropes!


NEWSFLASH South Side Summits: Martin Ramos, Emilio Vicente Lagunilla and Pedro Rodriguez


NEWSFLASH 5/21 10:42 PM, Message South Side ! 7.25am May 22nd Nepal time: Martin Ramos and Emilio Vicente Lagunilla reached the South Summit  Pedro Rodriguez is very close to reach the top. Miguel Angel returned to Camp 4 due to very cold weather. 2 Sherpas are somewhere behind them.


Summit attempts right now ! Martin Ramos, Emilio Vicente Lagunilla Alonso, Pedro Rodriguez Sanchez, and Miguel Angel are on the way with others from Camp 4 on the South side of Everest ...

Their web site is www.everestcyl2001.com.

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