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  Mt. Everest 2005: Catalan Team North Side Departs


 

Update: Departure of the Espluguesaleverest expedition

This Tuesday at 7:00h we have met on the track of the L'Avenç d'Esplugues Cultural Center to say goodbye to the members of the expedition who have left towards Katmandu.  The Director of Sports of the City of Esplugues de LLobregat, Mr. Carles Giner, has arrived to the airport.  After the obligatory picture shots, hugs and handshakes, he has said goodbye to the members of the expedition: Xavier Arias, Mercé Vidal, Albert Carbonell, Oriol Franco and Agutí Torrents, who have taken their plane at 9:50h at terminal B.  They are now on their way to Frankfurt.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

Previous Update

Update 3/4/2005: Esplugues al Everest Expedition has four members, and along with them there is another one who, in the name of his city Sant Boi, will make the team of the expedition.  Xavier Arias, chief of the expedition, has climbed Shishapangma in 2002, and Dhaulagiri in 2004.  Annapurna in 2000 and Cho Oyu in 1998 (both with no summit), as well as multiple expeditions in the Andes, Caucaso... Merce Vidal, the woman in the group, has been to Cho Oyu (7400 m), Lenin Peak and other expeditions in the Andes.  Albert Carbonell has been to Cho Oyu and expeditions in the Andes.  Oriol Franco, with no experience in the Himalayas, will be the image and communication technician of the expedition.

These four are members of Esplugues al Everest, an expedition organized by GELADE of Esplugues de Llobregat.

Agusti Torrent has been to Dhaulagiri 2004 (7400 m), Aconcagua 1994, Mt. Cock 1996 and other expeditions in the Andes, Baffin and Africa (Rwenzory and Atlas).  He is a member of Centre Excursionista San Boi, Sant Boi molt Amunt! (Sant Boi very high, in English).

The expedition will leave Barcelona on March 30, once in Katmandu they plan to do an acclimatization trekking in Nepal (Everest Base Camp and Island Peak).  Then they will fly to Lhasa in the middle of April and then go to Base Camp around April 24.  The expedition will take the North ridge route and they will install three high altitude camps.  The use of oxygen is only planed from the third camp and above, in case of need.  It is planed to have the help of two high altitude Sherpas.  The expedition will return to Barcelona by the end of May.  The expedition wants their ascent to honor the first Catalan expedition who climbed Everest by this same route in 1985.  Attached, a picture of Agusti Torrents and Xavier Arias in Dhaulagiri 2004.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

Previous Update

A Catalan team will try to reach the Summit of Mt Everest via the north ridge. They leave Barcelona on 30 March and after a trek to Kala Pattar and Island peak. They will travel to Everest Base camp via Lhasa on 18 April.

5 members: Xavier Arias (leader team- Shishapangma and Dhaulagiri summiter), Albert Carbonell, Merce Vidal, Agusti Torrents and Oriol Franco.

 

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