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Author Topic: 22nd May: Chronological report of the Everest ascent 21st May 2005  (Read 6174 times)


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As an addition/replacement of the report as sent 21st May, here follows the chronological report of the Everest ascent 21st May 2005, International team 7summits-club/7summits.com

Direct radio contact between BC & ABC is problematic due to the geographical position of the camps. So most communication is being made using satellite phone.
Following are the (translated) txt messages we received in Basecamp from our expedition leader Alexander Abramov (who is in ABC) with the information about the summitpush and the resulting events.

- Message 1, 21-05-05  15:00

"21st of May, 03.00 China Time Slovenian climbers Marko Lihteneker & Viktor Mlinar and Russian climber Vladimir Lande and his Sherpa Pasang Dorji left camp 3 at 8300m for the summit.
The very powerful Slovenian guys went ahead. Near 2nd step Vladimir had crampon problems and went down together with his Sherpa. The Slovenians continued up.

At 14.00 Sherpa Rengin arrived at Camp 3 to provide any assistance to the summit climbers if needed."

- Message 2: 21-05-05  17:00

"Today at 12.30 Viktor Mlinar summited Mount Everest; one hour later Marko Lihteneker arrived at the summit. Weather was good, Viktor arrived back at 8300m camp at 16.00."

- Message 3: 21-05-05  21:30

"Viktor says that Marko left the summit approximately one hour after him, but at 21:30 Marko has not arrived at the camp 3, 8300m, where Viktor is waiting.
The weather is bad now, it is snowing and there is high wind speed. The Sherpa can not go up, even with oxygen the situation is not good."

- Message 4: 21-05-05  22:00

"We hope that Marko has arrived in one of the many other tents at the 8300m camp.
Nobody has summited from the South Side."

- Message 5: 22-05-05  14:00

"Today 22nd of may, at 05.00 two of our most powerful Sherpas, Pemba Tensing and Pemba Rengin, went up with oxygen on maximum flow of 4 liters per minute, searching for Marko on the ridge above 8300m.
9 other high altitude Sherpas are in ABC, ready to go up if needed. The Sherpas have checked all tents in camp 3, 8300, and in all camps around 7700 as well as on the North Col, but Marko was not found there.

Today, about 20 Chinese climbers summited Everest, but they also have not seen Marko. We have asked the Chinese team to look out for Marko when descending.
Vladimir and Victor and the 2 sherpas are now at the North col, Vladimir is feeling good, Victor is reasonably ok."

On behalf of the 7summits-club/7summits.com expedition,

Alexander Abramov
Harry Kikstra
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