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  Mt. Everest 2005: 15 Summit Everest from the North: May 21st, 2005


Area after the summit pyramid ©EverestNews.com 2004

Update May 21st 2005 2.29AM in America: 15 climbers Summit Everest as of 10.40 AM Nepal time!  Michael Frank and his two Sherpa: Team Alongi 2005 (3 Summits), Rosa Maria Fernandez and her 2 Sherpas (3 Summits), that leaves another 9! Part of these climbers are believed to be Summit Climb's North side team by the climbers on Everest. But that is not confirmed. More summits could occur...

Update May 21st 2005: 11 climbers are seen on the summit pyramid above the third step on the North side! These climbers are believed to be Summit Climb's North side team by the climbers on Everest. (THAT IS NOT CONFIRMED). We should have summits by 11.00am Nepal time. Climbers are seen fixing ropes.

Indian climbers are reported to have turned back on the ridge. Again we cannot tell is ALL Indian climbers have turned back.

This is real time reporting... Things are very fluid....

Update May 21st: The weather is holding according to climbers on the mountain. However, climbers (believed to be Indian) can be heard on the summit ridge on Everest "complain there are no ropes". "no clouds over the mountain or summit." From a veteran Everest Summiter, "I would push it fast."

More coming...

05/20 NEWSFLASH Mt. Everest 2005: The Finns "No fixed rope up high"

The Brazilians (on the North) and the Austrians are down (back to ABC).

 Previous Update

Results of the Summit bids on the 20th are still unknown. Climbers believe The Finns attempted, but just no news it they made it. It is also unknown if the Rosa Maria Fernandez attempted, waited or turned back. Climbers on the mountain told EverestNews.com that 2 men with Sherpas were with her. The speculation is that is Michael Frank and Ken Hill. Michael Frank is reported at high camp. Ken Hill headed up on the 16th, and has not returned. Two strong Japanese climbers with Sherpas are also up there and either are attempting or will attempt the next day. Plus other independents...

Possible Summit bids on the 21st: SummitClimb, should be at camp 3 ready to head up on the 21st. There are also independent climbers in this push, more on them soon. Indian Climbers: Two reported at Camp 2, unknown if Sherpas are with them. Slovenes Маrcо and Victor, Vladimir Lande with his personal high-altitude porter stay in camp of 7700 m..

The Chinese were moving up hoping to summit on the 22nd. They have moved a group up to the North Col (camp 1) on the 19th. They appear too late and are complaining about weather reports.

The weather on the 23rd is expected to turn very bad. Climbers NEED to get down as far down as they can by the 23rd. The 21st is expected to have wind speeds in the 40 mph range with snow in the afternoon.

Update 5/19/2005: 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 summit attempt.

Updates: Four 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:

Update: 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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