NEWSLETTERS - Everest Spring 2010

Newsletter 1114 April 2010

Honghai Li

Honghai Li is a documentary maker from Shenzhen in China. The 33-year-old climbed Manaslu with Himex in autumn 2009. He is married and has a three-year-old one son.

How did you first come across Everest and who inspired you to climb it?

Climbing Mt Everest has never really been a dream for me as I am not actually interested in mountaineering. I am more interested in making documentaries about the climbers and the mountain.

Of course, I would like to get to the summit but more to get a good shot of the surrounding scenery. So far, nobody in China has recorded a video from the top of Mount Everest, so if I reach the summit I could be the first person to do so.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

My work as a cameraman.

What is your biggest challenge on this Everest expedition?

To find a good story and to make sure my cameras will not freeze on the mountain. With four cameras I am very well prepared but I think filming at such a high altitude will be a big challenge.

How do you think Everest will change your life?

I don’t think it will change my life drastically, however, filming in the mountains has already changed my life and if I carry on doing that then I could become more of an expert at mountaineering documentaries.

How mentally prepared are you for the possibility of not getting to the top?

As I said before, getting to the top is not important for me. It is more important for me to get a good story and take good video footage.

What will you carry to the summit?

Some of my friends gave me flags to take up. I was also given a few metal bracelets for good luck but I think I will leave them at base camp as they are too heavy. The best blessing will come from my friends who will pray for me whilst I am on the summit push.

Jing Wang

Jing Wang from Beijing, China has climbed Manaslu with Himex in 2009 and has also scaled Shisha Pangma, Cho Oyu and Kilimanjaro. The 35-year-old is married and has two daughters aged five and seven. She owns Toread, one of the biggest outdoor clothing companies in China.

How did you first come across Everest and who inspired you to climb it?

I started climbing four years ago. My first big peak was Kilimanjaro and then I wanted to go higher. After having climbed three 8,000m peaks it is only natural that I want to stand on top of the tallest mountain in the world. It has been my childhood dream for many years and I am lucky that I have a husband, who lets me do these things. He has done a bit of mountaineering but is not interested in climbing Mount Everest

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

I have a happy family and a husband and gorgeous children and that is my biggest achievement.

What is your biggest challenge on this Everest expedition?

I am afraid that I will give up and not carry on walking. And of course, I want to come back alive.

How do you think Everest will change your life?

Not at all.

How mentally prepared are you for the possibility of not getting to the top?

Not getting to the top would not be a problem for me, as I would come back next year. The reason why I am climbing from the south side is actually Russell Brice. If I have a chance to get up then I will even have a better chance with him.

What are you taking to the summit?

My husband and my kids gave me a little doll for good luck. Which I will carry close to my heart.

Jian Wang

Jian Wang from Shenzhen in China is a high altitude researcher. The 56-year-old has scaled Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma. He is married and has a 24-year-old daughter.

How did you first come across Everest and who inspired you to climb it?

I started climbing six years ago to get rid of my high blood pressure. I was not very well and I chose to climb mountains to get fit. After having been up high I took up high altitude research and I guess that climbing Everest is only natural when you are doing this kind of research. I climb Everest from the south side because I wanted to go with Russell Brice.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

I was a member of the Human Genome Project, which was a wonderful research as we were able to determine the difference in the genetics of highlanders and lowlanders.

What is your biggest challenge on this Everest expedition?

I am not worried about the altitude as I am going to take as much oxygen as I can. I think for me the biggest challenge is not to ask question and just follow the leader’s instructions.

How do you think Everest will change your life?

I don’t think it will change my life. I will do some research and I will take some blood from the Chinese team – so maybe I will find something that will change my life.

What will you carry to the summit?

A flag from my two sponsors.

Fang Chen

Fang Chen from Shenzhen in China is a high altitude researcher. The 32-year-old has climbed Mustagh Ata in China, Carstensz Pyramid in Papa New Guinnea and reached Camp 2 on Cho Oyu.

How did you first come across Everest and who inspired you to climb it?

I started climbing six years ago when I became a member of a mountaineering team. I was one of three women but I am the only one who actually carried on climbing. A very defining moment in my climbing career was meeting Lydia Bradey of New Zealand (the first woman to climb Mount Everest without oxygen) at Everest base camp in 2006. She wrote a dedication in my book, which said: “I hope one day you will climb Everest.” This little note gave me a lot of courage to do so.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

So far, I cannot think of one.

What is your biggest challenge on this Everest expedition

I think it will be the route as I know very little about the south side. I have been to Advanced Base Camp on the north side and most of my friends have climbed Everest from Tibet. I am very happy to be here in Nepal and I am very excited to be climbing this year.

How do you think Everest will change your life?

I don’t think Everest will change my life but mountaineering has already changed my life.

What will you carry to the summit?

My friends have given me small charms for good luck, which I will take. I will also take my mobile phone and if I get a signal on the summit I will send a text message to my friends.