Update: June 3rd, 2005: SMS from Sigrid: After 3 attempts I
had to return from 8500 meters. Bad weather, lack of oxygen and declining
strength made it impossible for me to continue to the summit. I am now at the
border of Nepal and Tibet and will return home in some days
Update May 23rd:
Telephone call from Sigrid: Aud
tried to reach the summit tonight, but had to give up due to heavy wind. It
has been windy for one month. Aud has been at 8000 meters. It is the wind - or
jet streams - which has made it impossible to reach the summit. Sigrid will
make an attempt on May 26th.
Update May 15th: Telephone call from Sigrid who says that it
is still very windy and bad weather. It is about -15 degrees Celsius at night
and -4 during day. They are now at ABC, 6400 meters. Sigrid and Aud have been
living in tents for 2 months soon.
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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