More Summit Success
On the 24th May at 23:30hrs, Shinji Tamura and Phurba Tashi Sherpa departed camp 4 at 8300m under a full moon. Six hours and fifteen minutes later, they summited Mt. Everest at 05:45 on May 25th. During the descent, they assisted clearing camps 4, 3 & 2 with a very strong Shinji descending to ABC by nightfall.
Camp 1 is being cleared today, Monday 27th.
This is the second time in one week that Phurba Tashi Sherpa has summited Mt. Everest
Sue Harper and two other members of the third North Col team have reached the Col at 7000m and returned to ABC.
The Mountain will be cleared down to Basecamp by late tomorrow with arrival in Kathmandu still planned for 2nd June.
On the 17th May at 0I:30hrs, Yamada Atsushi and Phurba Tashi Sherpa departed camp 4 at 8300m. Five hours later, they summited Mt. Everest. This was a strong team and Yomada is particularly fit. He returned all the way to ABC by 17:00 hrs the same day.
Shinji Tamura has climbed to 7500m and is waiting for a narrow weather window, anticipated on the 25th May, to attempt a summit with Loppasang Temba Sherpa.
Currently, it is snowing at ABC and the windy conditions rarely alleviate.
The third and final North Col team is at ABC. They will climb to the col in the next three days.
Despite recurring technical issues with electricity generation & regulation, coupled with failing radios and computers (thus no e-mail communication), the expedition is progressing well.
Last telephone reports from Russell had camps 1, 2 & 3 (7900m) installed with all equipment at camp 3 ready to establish camp 4. The climbers are well and acclimatizing to schedule.
The high winds mentioned in the previous release are not note worthy. In recent years, Everest has been exposed to unusually low wind speeds during the spring season. This year the wind speed is just back to normal.
North Col Teams
The first North Col team saw 2 of 3 reach the Col.
The second team (Jagged Globe) saw two drop out before ABC and two reach the Col. The Third and final team are now at Lhasa.
Techincal issues have resulted in no e-mail news from the expedition. We have heard that the first North Col team has reached the Col and returned to basecamp. The second North Col team is acclimatising. The Summit team has climbed to the North Col and are now back at basecamp.
Phurba, and Loppasang have climbed above North Col but high winds are limiting the establishment of higher camps and fixed rope.
Kin Man Chung, Chinese, 49 years old, he tried Everest before, unsuccessful, also from the North side, also with Russell.
Donald Morton, Canadian, 68 years old, a veteran mountaineer, has been on an international Lhotse expedition last year, climbed through the Khumbu ice fall to Camps 1 and 2, and to the 'end' of the Western Cwm.
Louis Marino, French-American, 33 years old, works for Chamonix Experience in winter, summited Cho Oyo with Himalayan Experience in 2000.
Shinji Tamura, Japanese, 35 years old, runs a mountaineering agency in Zermatt.
Yamada Atsushi, Japanese, 23 years old on May 8, has been a climbing guide on Mt.Fuji for two years, has been on expeditions to Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, Elbrus etc.