News from 7 Summits Club &
Alpindustria Everest Expedition 2007
From the leader of expedition, Alex Abramov
Everest Base Camp from the North, 5200м.
Today we have celebrated Day of the Victory. 12 participants of travel on
motobikes (a route Lhasa - Katmandu) have risen to us in the base camp. They
arrived yesterday in Rongbuk, and today came to us to dinner. Dmitry Rysin and
Igor Kulishov (heads of expedition) told us about their adventures on road
from Lhasa. Some accidents have taken place, basically because of collision
with animals. Anybody from bikers has not suffered seriously. They were forced
to leave their motorcycles in Rongbuk - any type of transport, except for
horses and special jeeps could go through the Chinese check-point .
A festive lunch was perfect, with toasts for the Victory, for Mountain, for
"mad people" (i.e. people such as climbers and motorcyclists), all team was
photographed at finish. Then guys have left to Rongbuk camp.
For the evening dinner we have called for Russell, Jamie, Ronnie Muhl - the
member of our last year's expedition from South Africa. Russell has brought a
message that this day 17 Chinese have reached the Everest summit. Though the
strong wind complicated an ascent. Ronnie, Jamie and Mr. Chvan came a bit
later. There were again toasts for the Victory, songs about war and peace. And
when it darkened, we have arranged fireworks in honour of a holiday.
May, 10 - day of rest and preparation. May, 11 all team goes upward. First in
АВС, then - as soon as weather will allow - upward by two groups. Today after
breakfast, doctor Sergey Larin has made medical survey of all participants who
have come back from rest. All is normal, everyone can go on an ascent.
Lyudmila Korobeshko from BC the Everest, Tibet, 5200
Earlier: Seems like the first Everest summit this season has just taken place!!! One
our ago 6 p.m. Chinese time our friends Vassily Pivtsov and Maxud Zumaev
called Alex Abramov on the radio and said that they had successfully reached
the summit of Everest (they started from 7900 last night at 10 pm). NO OXYGEN,
no Sherpa support!!! It's their 11th 8-thousander (each of them has 10
already). Vassily said they will try to go down as low as possible - in the
worst case they will sleep at 8300. The weather is more or less ok now, no
strong wind. We are wishing safe descend all the best to our friends - Vassily
and Maxud!!! Congratulations!!!
Alex Abramov, 7 summits Club Everest expedition leader
Earlier: News form Everest Expedition
2007: From Alex Abramov. 7 Summits Club
NEWS FROM 29TH OF APRIL
Hello! Today April, 27, Friday. Sergey Larin with his friends finishes the
program by an ascent on the North Col. A Day before Dmitry Zjuz' has reached
height of North Col also finished his program. Those who goes up to the top,
have spent the night on North Col. Now we have a small rest in АВС. Under the
plan we leave tomorrow again up to the North Col. Spending the night, then we
would rise higher than Peak Communisma at height of 7600 meters.
In area of ABC we have met Dutch climber Vim Hof, which in blinkers and with a
naked body goes to the Everest. The second meeting, is Norwegian climber
Pedersen, which in the childhood has lost both hands. He already went to the
South Pole - a full campaign, about 1000 kilometers, and now has arrived for
an ascent to the Everest.
Our friends Maksud and Vasily from Kazakhstan were forced to turn back, not to
reach the Everest, because of a strong wind.
Best regards ! Alex
22 2007 Everest АBC from the North, 6400м.
April, 22. Two days of bad weather. And so we had to change our plans. Our
Sherpas could not finished their work on the Saddle. We have made a training
in seracs near the camp. Horizontal – vertical fixed ropes and abseiling.
April, 23.: Today we made a good outing to the base of the North Wall. All 15
persons are in good form, everything is OK. Sherpas have finished their work
on the North Col, our cook Pumba was left to watch our tents.
Maxud Jumaev and Vassily Pevtsov came again to our camp. They decided to have
one day more of rest. It seems that they will start to climb Everest. As
usual, without O2.
Tomorrow morning guide Sergey Larin with his mini-team Rafael Nagapetianz and
Alexander Kibalko (the well-known skater) have left to ABC camp.
We plan to reach tomorrow the North Col and to spend a night on 7100м.
Earlier: Tomorrow we
leave upward, in АВС and our plan for 10 days will be the following. For the
beginning we go to 6400 meters. There we spend two days of preparation, and
then we climb on the North Col and go down again to ABC on 6400м. After rest,
we again climb on the North Col and there we spend a night. From there we
leave for acclimatization on 7500-7700 meters. And after that long, 10-day`s
campaign we should go down in base camp. Approximately it will be May, 1-2..
In general everything goes normal, though some person already have gone home.
Basically on family circumstances. Some on a state of health.
All others are healthy, our Sherpas work, they already have put a camp on the
We are sending you the latest
info from our expedition on Everest from Tibet side. 7 Summits Club.
April 18 our team of 15
members returned to BC, 5200, from the second acclimatization hike when we
reached 6400 - ABC.
April 16 we walked to North
Col face - the ropes were already fixed and we saw a group of 4 climbers on
In the evening of the same day
we had a visit to our camp by two famous Kazakh climbers - Maxud Zhumaev and
They are going to climb
Everest without oxygen. In June 2007 they are planning to climb K2. They
already have climbed 10 out of 14 8-thousanders.
April 18 we returned to BC,
where 4 our friends were awaiting us - guide Sergey Larin (Everest summitter
2003) with 2 members and guide Sergey Kofanov (Everest Summitter 2006). They
left for ABC on April 19.
The rest of the team is having
rest in BC, getting ready for the last acclimatization bid, playing
ping-pong, taking sauna and driving a motobike which Alex Abramov,
expedition leader, rented for the period of the expedition to be able to
drive to Rongbuk and back.
Tomorrow we are living for
ABC, planning not to descend to BC for the next 8-10 days, spending 6-7
nights in ABC, 3 nights on the North Col and making 1 acclimatization hike
Ludmila Korobeshko, Everest
BC, 5200, Tibet
Earlier: Alex Abramov News from Everest
Expedition of 7 Summis-Club 12.04.07
A lot of events. First, we have gone down from Intermediate camp, having spent
a night on 5800м. We all are alive and healthy. Night has passed almost
without any problem. Only one of yaks has lain near tent where Sergey Batura
was slept. And Sergey was forced to try to get it away all night using a
thermos, but at daybreak he has decided, that with yak is even warmer.
Second, when we have gone down in BC, we were met by doctor Andrey Selivanov,
guide Sergey Kofanov and Armen Rshtuni. Sergey feels quite normally after his
Third, well-known climbers from Kazakhstan Vasily Pivtsov and Maxud Jumaev
came to us on a visit. They already have 10 eightthousanders without oxygen.
Now they are going to climb Everest, also without oxygen and very quick (as
soon as possible). And in June they already want to leave on К-2.
Fourthly, we have started to mark Day of Astronautics since morning, and then
Birthday of our comrade Ilya Gruzdeva. He will gather our team to climb
Everest next year. Now a tennis match between Kazakhs and Russians goes in
About results - in the following message.
Ludmila Korobeshko from BC, Everest, Tibet, 5200 m
Earlier: Arrival in base camp.
Yesterday, April, 8 the main group (14 person + Lyudmila Korobeshko) has
arrived to the Base Camp at height 5200 m. We were met by Sergey Kofanov,
Alexander Bichenko, Andrey Selivanov, which here already about one week here.
They had time to prepare all camp with the maximal comfort for our arrival.
Here was also Alexander Abramov, he has arrived in BC day prior to us that to
be convinced of readiness of camp.
In the evening we have sat behind dinner in honour of the official beginning
of a sports stage of expedition. Before it we had time to put a special tent
("sports hall") with a tennis table inside and even have carried out some
The first night on 5200 m was disturbing. The guide Sergey Kofanov
unexpectedly fell severely ill. Early in the morning, doctor Andrey Selivanov
has gone together with Sergey on a jeep in Xegatse, to the regional hospital.
There is a suspicion on appendicitis though it is possible, that this simply
strong food poisoning. His friend Armen Rshtuni accompany them. If it will be
necessary he will stay with Sergey, and doctor Andrey Selivanov should return
in BC. Today in the morning April, 9 Armenak Tigranian has left our
expedition. To regret, he has fallen a victim to mountain illness. Anything
dangerous. Soon he should arrive to Moscow healthy, though tired.
Other members of expedition feel like more or less normally: today since
morning we have taken a walk down to Old Rongbuk. The day after tomorrow we
leave up to 5800 m - Intermediate Camp - and there we spend a night. Then we
shall go downwards and after rest we shall go on 6400 m – to АВС.
The list of participants of expedition:
- John Delaney, Ireland
- Maxim Shakirov, Russia
- Israfil Ashurly, Russia - Azerbaijan
- Andrey Zajtsev, Russia
- Andrey Ivanov, Russia
- Sergey Dashkevich, Russia
- Sergey Batura, Russia
- Hannah Shields, British
- William Hazelton Tyler III, USA
- Curt Myers, USA
- Dirk Feige, German
- Armenak Tigranian, Russia
- Dmitry Zjuz', Ukraine
- Armen Rshtuni, Russia
- Bruce Matthews, New Zealand
- Rafael Nagapetianz, Russia
- Alexander Kibalko, Russia
The head: Abramov Alexander (Alex)
- Sergey Kofanov, Russia
- Alexander Bichenko, Russia
- Sergey Larin, Russia
- Lyudmila Korobeshko, Russia
Doctor and base camp manager:
Everest 2007: Alexander
Abramov and his 7 Summits Club expedition returns to Everest in 2007. Alex,
unlike other low budget expeditions, brings a very large Sherpa team to the
mountain. The expedition is expected to attempt the North side of Everest
again. His Everest 2006 was heavily promoted by some as the the "$10000
expedition", but clients died.... Alex who works closely with the other
big commercial expeditions has had mixed results on Everest with a large
number of Summits but also deaths. Alex by all accounts is a nice
fellow... Stay tuned for Everest 2007...
Hundreds of other climbers are expected to attempt Everest
again this year...
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