The details of Marko Lihteneker
who died on Everest are slowing coming together. Two climbers have
confirmed seeing Marko with oxygen problems. The details of his oxygen
problem is still unclear at this point. But oxygen systems fail regularly
on Everest. According to climbers on the mountain with Marko, he did not
have another bottle with him. He had left the other bottle at a spot lower
on the mountain to pick it up when he descended. Marko also did not have a
Sherpa. Marko was seen trying to work on this
oxygen system at the spot where the Chinese found him on their way to the
summit a few days ago. It was unclear if Marko was going up or down.
Another climber at one point attempted to give Marko tea but by that time he could not
drink... "He was to far gone..."
was a member of 7 Summits Club Expedition.
been talking with Abramov Alexander, Leader of 7 summits club expedition,
about what happened. Today he sent us the following letter which is unedited except
corrected spelling in some cases..
EverestNews, If you wish you can publish my letter
it will be useful for many Everest climbers.
use "POISK " o2. I have boute [bought] all bottles, mask, regulators just
new from "POISK" factory in Russia from Maksimov Andrey. I am sure that
reason is not in quality of o2 but in case that o2 finished at normal way
and climbers not control well the oxygen volume .
and Marko started 03;30 from 8300. Victor reported from summit at 12;30 At
13;00-13:30 Viktor meet Marko, who was in 1 hour to summit, so Marko reach
summit about 14;30 and begin go down about 15;00 Normally people climb to
2- step about 4 hours, and near this place change 1-st bottle to fool
second. If you breathe 2l per minutes all yours 02 should finish in 8
count: Normally pressure in Poisk bottle is 250-260 atmosphere. It
meaning that 4l bottle consist about 1000 littre 02. If you use 2l per
minute you have 500 minutes before your oxygen finish! 500/60 = 8,33 ( 8
hour 20 minutes)
ascent me and all team descuse not one time, that after 2-d step you can
go up to summit not more then 5 hours, because you need 2,5-3,0 hours for
descend to 2-nd step, so totally 8 hours.
see in Marko case hi climb from 2-d step to summit from 7;00 - 7,30
till 14;30 -15;00 (minimum 7 and maximum 8 hours). Of
course, his 02 finishing not far from summit...
situation will cleaning [clear] after our team will reach Marko and check his 02
equipment. It can happen in 30 May
of 7 summits club
Our thoughts and prayers
go out to Marko's family.