report by Alex Abramov by
telephone from ABC camp to the Russian team:
Small problems were with
the phone, now all is normal. On 19 Chinese time a situation is following.
Dmitry Moskalev has gone down in АВС, with Sherpa Mingma Norbu. John
Christiana and Harry Kikstra are now on descent, approximately at 7500
meters. They continue to go downwards, with support of Renji and Lakcha.
On the eve, Harry has reached the summit about 2 p.m.. Descent was very
difficult: they have reached camp 3 only after 10 p.m., in darkness.
Dyma Moskalev now eats
rice and is going to go down in base camp. For tomorrow's morning, on 7,
the jeep to Katmandu is ordered. Today in morning Lorenzo Gariano,
Nathaniel Schneider and Robert Ulf have left from АВС to the base camp.
So it is possible to sum
up, by results of expedition: 22 persons have climbed on top, from them 12
Members and 10 Sherpas. Unfortunately, one of climbers, Маrко Lihteneker,
was lost on descent.
Today to evening about
50 Yaks should rise in АВС. Tomorrow they will transport a cargo from АВС
downwards in base camp. And June, 6, all staying participants drive off in
Katmandu. The first group is already in Katmandu. 4-th they take off for
Moscow. In base camp Andrey Selivanov continues to treat all going down
from the Everest, including not from our expedition.
Alex Abramov by telephone
from ABC: (unedited)
Later:17:30 local time.
Dmitry Moskalev has climbed the top at 8:30. On descent he has met John
Christiana and his Sherpa Renji. They have risen on top about one o'clock
in the afternoon. Later he has met Harry Kikstra and his Sherpa Lakcha,
they also continued climb. Till now we have no information, whether Harry
have reached the summit. There was no radio communication with them during
whole day, though all members and Sherpas are supplied radio stations. At
one o'clock Lorenzo Gariano came on communication. He has informed, that
he is in camp of 7700 m. During an ascent, on the Second step, he (as he
said) « has lost eyesight ». We do not know precisely, what it means. In
any case, Lorenzo has managed independently gone down in camp 2 on 7700
meters. Probably, he has just frozen eyes, because of a strong wind. We
have sent Sherpa Nima which has quickly risen in camp of 7700 m. Now they
begin descent downwards, they promise to go down up to camp ABC. Now
Sherpa Mingma Norbu which we have left of 8300 m in camp to wait for the
two climbers Harry and Lakcha, has informed, that sees them at height
8500м. Whether has had been Harry on top whether not, we do not know. We
hope for the best, also we hope, that they will have time to go down in
camp 3 up to darkness. Unfortunately, in camp 3 there is only one cylinder
of oxygen. It will be heavy night for three person. It will be their third
night at this height.