Newsletter 630 May 1998
At 10.15 on 25 May, Sumiyo Tsuzuki, Karsang Sherpa and I reached the summit of Everest. We are all now back at the Base Camp in good health and with no injuries. Sumiyo becomes the third Japanese woman (second surviving) to summit Everest, and the first via the North Ridge. There have been 4 deaths on the North Ridge this season, but none of these have anything to do with my team, although I have been involved with the removal of two of these bodies.