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Title: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: smrtnupp on May 24 2006, 20:45
Thought maybe start a new thread for Summit Push
Title: Re: Harry’s summit push - MAY 2006!!!
Post by: m.c. reinhardt on May 24 2006, 22:57
You read my mind, smrtnupp, I was going to do the same thing.

Harry just called Romke.

"Harry just called to say that he, Thomas, Lincoln and three Sherpa's are about to start their summit push! They expect to leave within the next half hour. The weather is fantastic, the sky is clear and there is hardly any wind. I'm amazed by how well he sounded. He said all six can feel their health slowly deteriorating from being at 8300 meters, but unlike last year he sounded healthy, strong and ready for the ascent and determined to make a quick descent afterwards."

Good luck guys, may the weather gods continue to smile down upon you!

MC    ;D

smrtnupp – here is a link that will convert the time of where you live to Tibet time automatically. Check the two clocks in the top right corner of the page. http://everest.open.ac.uk/sounds/list.php
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Mountain John on May 25 2006, 01:40
Well, they are on their way!

Right now they are climbing the steep steep face of the ridge, alternating using the ice axe and, scrambling on rocks using both their hands.  This could take as long as 4 hours, before they reach the flat top of the ridge.

This is the part of the whole climb where you realize how insane you are, doing this in the dark, little sleep, and extreme altitude.  After that is the 1st step (harder than advertised).

From Romke, here is Harry's location:

http://www.sightoneverest.com/blog/uploads/wpt060524.jpg

Great job, guys!

Mountain John
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: smrtnupp on May 25 2006, 02:53
OK Harry, bring me back an EVEREST ROCK.........   
Title: Thomas has passed
Post by: Mountain John on May 25 2006, 11:54
Very sad news.  I believe Thomas has passed away.  I am shocked.

Listen to Lorenzo's blog for more information.

http://everest.open.ac.uk/sounds/list.php

John
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: smrtnupp on May 25 2006, 11:57
Yes John I just heard it prior to you posting. this is terrible
Title: Re: Thomas
Post by: m.c. reinhardt on May 25 2006, 12:03
Harry should be reporting information and let us know what happened. Family and friends will need to be notified of any news regarding Thomas. It might be a little while before we hear from Harry or Alex.

Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Mountain John on May 25 2006, 12:04
Yes, I was wondering why no news.  It is 2:00 pm right now over there.  I thought Harry would blog from the summit, but then I thought maybe his phone froze.  So I checked other sites.

I think we all felt like we knew Thomas, following him and Harry on their journey.

God works in mysterious ways.  My best goes out.  John
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Mountain John on May 25 2006, 12:08
The story is out.  http://everest.open.ac.uk/sounds/list.php

Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: smrtnupp on May 25 2006, 12:15
Let us pray the rest come down safely.  I am extremely worried.

Yes, though you may never meet them, you feel you know them.   

I feel quite sick and upset.
Title: Re: Harry's return
Post by: Mountain John on May 25 2006, 14:43
Pease pray for Harry's safe return, as we all wait for further news.

We are with you Harry.  John
Title: Re: waiting for more news
Post by: Mountain John on May 25 2006, 16:54
Keep the faith for their safety.

http://www.mounteverest.net/news.php?id=2116
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Chris Valentine on May 25 2006, 17:27
Photos now arrived from Lorenzo - having fun sorting out the captions!

No more news on Harry and co yet.

Chris.
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: smrtnupp on May 25 2006, 21:16
Lorenzo's Blog on Thomas is no longer on the site?
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Rio on May 25 2006, 23:08
http://www.mounteverest.net/news.php?id=3293

The story is apparently unconfirmed. Lorenzo's posts have been taken off the blog. It is a small glimmer of hope, but yet, still something to hope for. Abu Dhabi is praying for the safe return of Thomas, Harry and the team. Our prayers go out to them. If anyone finds out ANYTHING that is confirmed, please post it.

God is great, and we pray that he brings our boys home safely.

Rio
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Max Bouev on May 25 2006, 23:25
Alex Abramov the leader of the russian expedition has just confirmed on his website the dire facts. Two climbers died today - Thomas is one of them. Harry seems to be safely back down to 7000m.
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Max Bouev on May 25 2006, 23:28
Here is the link to Alex Abramov message:

http://www.alpindustria-team.ru/index.php?id=48&idi=438&action=showfull
Title: Re: EVEREST 2006 - News from Alex Abramov
Post by: m.c. reinhardt on May 25 2006, 23:37
This is devastating news.  My heart goes out to all family and friends of these two brave climbers who were trying to live their dream.

I am relieved that Harry is O.K.  I can only imagine how he is feeling about all that has just transpired.  Absolutely devastating.  You are in my thoughts, Harry.  Get back down this mountain safely.  I am also thinking of Alex; as he deals with some of the burdens of this tragic situation.

http://www.7summits-club.com/index.php3?id=27&idi=122&action=showfull

MC
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Rio on May 25 2006, 23:37
Is there any OFFICIAL translation, as the whole website is in Russian. Please let me know. Thank you.
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Max Bouev on May 25 2006, 23:48
No, there is no translation as yet. But it should soon be posted here:

http://www.7summits-club.com/


I can translate here the main jist:
Apparently, Thomas, Harry and sherpas got stuck 50m (vertical) below the summit, because Thomas completely lost his sight and could not traverse the rocks at 8800m The team turned down at 9:30. At 12:20 Harry radioed from the second step that Thomas collapsed after saying "I am dead". He stopped breathing at 12:40....
Title: Very sad news from the mountain
Post by: erikv on May 26 2006, 00:19
The English version of Alex's report on today's tragic events can be found here:

http://www.7summits-club.com/index.php3?id=27&idi=122&action=showfull

http://www.mounteverest.net/news.php?id=3298
Title: God Rest Their Souls
Post by: Rio on May 26 2006, 00:30
At a tragic time such as this, our prayers and thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of Thomas and Lincoln. They will be deeply missed. They were extremely brave men, who were tragically taken while doing what they loved.

God Rest Their Souls

Rest in Peace

Rio
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Mountain John on May 26 2006, 00:35
My thoughts are prayers go out to Lincoln and Thomas and their families.

John
Title: We lost a good friend
Post by: Ruth on May 26 2006, 00:56
Words cannot express the sadness all the friends and colleagues of Thomas here in Abu Dhabi are feeling right now. Thomas was a good friend and work colleague and we will miss him terribly. Our sympathies go out to his family and we pray that God will give them the strength to get through this. We would also like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Lincoln

Thomas we will never forget you, may you rest in peace.

God bless you

Ruth
Title: Status of Team 2
Post by: Mountain John on May 26 2006, 00:59
This is very sad news.  God bless Thomas and Lincoln.  May they Rest in Peace.

I am so thankful and happy that Harry is alive and well.  This must be hard on Harry, but he is strong.

Reading Alex's comments, they spent over 9 hours trying to bring Lincoln down off the mountain.  They did their best.

John
Title: A terrible loss
Post by: Bill Tyler on May 26 2006, 01:11
I will remember my teammates Igor, Thomas and Lincoln for the rest of my days. My heart goes out to the families and friends. What a terrible day on the mountain. My heart goes out to Harry also, as I know that he and Thomas were close. Harry took care of Thomas many times during the expedition while he was sick, etc.


Thomas and Lincoln were really cool people.
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: smrtnupp on May 26 2006, 03:55
Not hearing anything in hours is very unnerving.
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: smrtnupp on May 26 2006, 07:16
How long does it normally take to climb down from 7000 M to Base Camp?
Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Mountain John on May 26 2006, 08:29
Normally, just about 1 hour, or 2 hours max, from 7000 to ABC (Advance Base Camp) which is 6400 meters.  I think they will stay there the night for sure.  That is where Alex has been.  ABC is very safe, and from there YAKs carry weight to Base Camp.  They can break down that camp in a day.

It is 10 in the morning, so Harry is probably in route now, or getting ready.

Last year, Harry and I were slow, as we both went from 8300 meters to ABC in a day, and we were both very dehydrated.  I am sure Sherpas are with him now.

John

Title: Re: EVEREST SUMMIT HARRY MAY 2006!!!
Post by: Carlo on May 26 2006, 10:31
This is really sad news ... I knew Lincoln as a climber and a writer and have been shocked to hear of his loss. He was a really good man - generous with his time, experience and always encouraging others to achieve their goals.

He is irreplacable.

RIP