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  Mt. Everest 2005: 7 Summits Club: Death of Marko Lihteneker


 

Update: Alex Abramov from ABC camp.

Having  gone through the shock connected  to death  of Marko Lihteneker, a team of 7 Summits Club continues an ascent. Now in АВС camp  there are 15 Members of expedition and 13 Sherpas. They  are preparing  for start  for the climb of Everest as soon as it will be reasonable. The Weather at the present moment  is quite bad. Under the forecast, for the nearest days - there will be on top a wind of 20-25 meters per second. After 29-th we expect  decrease of wind, at top  up to 9 meters per  second. On general meeting the decision to start on May, 27-28 was accepted. We hope on May 30-31 to reach the top. The majority of expeditions which are now in АВС have similar plans.

  This year only few climbers have reached the summit  (15 person from the Chinese expedition - May, 22,  and  about 10 person - 21-го May). From the south as far as we know,  any climbers did it.  I think, that in the area of summit on  May, 29-30-31, on a route there will be a big crowd of climbers. All have got tired to wait for good weather and at all expeditions have the  same idea: it is necessary to start upwards faster and to try to finish an ascent. We shall try to make a climb maximum safe, as at us 15 Members, from which two guides (Alexander Abramov and Nikolay Cherny) and 13 Sherpas. 

  We hope, that the ascent will pass safely. Though the weather is strongly  against us,  within day it varies several times. Each evening on the Everest it is snowing. The majority of members of expedition have tickets from Katmandu for June, 4-6. 30-31st  it  were practically last days when it is possible to try to make an ascent. On general meeting of expedition the decision nevertheless to try  was accepted. All members asked  to give them chance. The Weather is not the best, but we shall hope, that it will give us a chance. Also that the command  of Sherpas will fulfill their work, and that everything  will finish well.

Previous Update

In seasons 2003 and 2004 Russian Adventure Team organized 2 successful commercial expeditions on Everest from Tibet side. Based on the last 2 years' experience, RAT is launching another Everest expedition in spring 2005.

"Looks like people trust us, - says Alexander Abramov (Alex),  the founder and permanent leader of Russian Adventure Team Everest Expeditions   - and this year the list of participants is practically ready before the New Year.

 

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