Possible Summit bids on the 20th: The Summit push: Ken Hill,
an American climber on his own left ABC on the 16th! Climbers in ABC believe
he could be attempting the summit right now. Two strong Japanese climbers with
Sherpas are also up there and either are attempting or will attempt the next
day. A independent Spanish woman (Rosa) with 2-3 Sherpas. Two men are said to
be with her. All these climbers could have left for the summit last night or
waiting at high camp. The wind this morning stopped at ABC, the snow if coming
down. Climbers at ABC cannot see the summit right now...
Possible Summit bids on the 21st: Indian Climbers: Two reported at Camp 2, unknown if
are with them. Team Alongi: making the push should be at Camp 2 now. Russians:
Were at Camp 1 should be moving to camp 2 today.
SummitClimb, should be at camp 2 moving to camp 3 and is
planning to attempt on the 21st also. There are also independent climbers in
this push, more on them soon.
Update 5/19/2005: Chinese Moving up hoping to
summit on the 22nd. They have moved a group up to the North Col (camp 1) on
Norwegian Everest2005: One group
of 4 was heading for Camp2 today, but decided to turn back to ABC because of
the weather forecast with heavy winds coming in. All seven (the remaining out
of 10) are going down to Base camp to get some rest, and hope for a third
men from China, Norway, and the Indian Army team will fix the ropes from today
(May 19th) to Saturday (May 21st). However, others are head of them and are
expected to make the Summit push as early as the 20th, with SummitClimb
attempting on the 21st. However, those on the 20 and 21st might not be
succesful. Therefore, is seems these 4 would then fix what is needed. Source:
Vojvodina Everest Expedition 2005:
Gerfried Goeschl aborts summit
attempt at camp 2
The Everest Summit push is on
from the North. The window is small and somewhat dangerous. 5 independent
climbers, including one American are in the push plus the SummitClmb North side
team, and some various climbers below. SummitClimb appears to be the key, in
that they have rope and Sherpas. Rope SummitClimb bought to the mountain.
Without the rope, the others will have to climb the mountain using the old
ropes which is possible, but dangerous. At least 4 of the independent climbers
are a day ahead of SummitClimb. Of course, we don't know if the independent
climbers know that the ropes are only fixed to the top of the ridge, they
might be operating under the assumption or false reports that the rope was put
in all the way to the Second step as they paid for....
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