Update 5/6/2005: Telephone call from Sigrid where she says
that they were at 7500 meters on May 4th, and that they are now at 5400. It is
very windy. The first attempt to reach the summit has been postponed to the
period from 14th to the 18th.
Update: Update: Their Sherpas have high camp stocked. The
waiting game too
Telephone from Sigrid. They have
been at North Col, 7000 m. Descended to 5400 in order to acclimatize. Has got
some frostbite in the face, but expects that it to heal with some skin lotion.
It is still early in the season. Some sherpas have put up tents at 8300 m.
From Sunday they will start forcing themselves to new heights, first to
Advance Base Camp at 6400, then to 7000 and further to 8000. Thereafter they
will descend to 6400 in order to recuperate for 11 days. They can se the
summit. It keeps snowing there, and the summit is often covered in dark
clouds. The plan now is to make the first attempt to reach the summit on May
Sigrid Hammer and Aud Jovall
will make their first attempt of Mount Everest this coming spring. They
are leaving from Katmandu on March 26, 2005 and planning to return in mid
June. Their aim is to climb Everest from Tibet.
Sigrid Hammer was born in
1955, as a young women became Norway’s first female flight captain to fly
heavy passenger aircraft in civil aviation. She became the first women flight
captain for Braathen’s, first women director and between 1999 and 2002 was the
first women senior vice president for Braathen.
Sigrid loves spending time
outdoors and in the mountains. She has trekked in Mongolia, Siberia,
Spitsbergen and Aconcagua (7000m). She has climbed many of Norway’s peaks
above 2000m and is a member of the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association.
Aud Jovall was born in 1950
and was educated in Hedmark. Her background is in agriculture and the economy.
She currently works at Hedmarkemuseet, the Hedmark Museum and Domkirkeodden.
Aud currently lives in Brummunddal, but has spent much of the last 10 years
living in Canada and the USA. While abroad she worked for the Norwegian and
Danish ministries of foreign affairs. She also spent 6 years as an aid worker
in Africa and the East.
Aud has been cross country
skiing, running and hiking throughout the Norwegian mountains for over 20
years. She has climbed several mountains above 6000m during treks in Nepal;
she has climbed Aconcagua and several high mountains in the Caucasus. She
feels good at high altitude, which has tempted to climb more demanding
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