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  Mt. Everest 2005: Aud Jovall's report


Hi EverestNews.com: Below is a brief report from my Everest expedition. I also enclose a couple of pictures. "The weather on Mt. Everest 2005 gave everybody a late chance to summit. Only the very last days of May and at the start of June did the wind slow down enough to give the climbers a fair possibility to set foot on the world's highest peak. The clients of Arun Trek and Expeditions, myself included, had to leave BC June 1 due to expiring visas to Tibet, and my summit bid virtually blew off the mountain. Thinking back on the expedition I find that the positive elements far exceed the negative ones. Physically and mentally I functioned well. I adjusted to the different way of life without problems, stayed healthy, and enjoyed the rear possibility of an existence without a cell phone, e-mail, and too many daily appointments. The equipment proved suitable and the preparations gave good options for success. The weather is always beyond our control, but to make use of a possibility one has to be in position. This time luck was not on my side. In addition the sherpa support was not optimal, partly due to illness. For a possible later try I would secure this differently. I would also consider to acclimatise on another mountain, and spend less time on Mt. Everest. It should be taken into account that the weather pattern seem to affect Himalaya as well, and late summits might be likely in the future.

To sum up, - I learned a lot about people and altitudes of 7000 and 8000 m above sealevel, and look forward to more experiences on high mountains."  Best wishes, Aud

background

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 mountains.

 

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