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Title: New speed record on Everest
Post by: 7summits on May 24 2003, 00:28
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Associated Press
POSTED AT 8:32 AM EDT  Friday, May. 23, 2003
A Sherpa scaled Mount Everest in 12 hours and 45 minutes on Friday setting a record for the fastest climb of the world's highest mountain, Nepalese tourism officials said.
Pemba Dorjie, a 25-year-old Nepalese Sherpa guide, reached the 8,850-metre summit at 5:45 a.m. local time Friday after leaving the base camp, located at 5,300 metres, at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Mr. Dorjie, part of the Dream Everest 2003 Expedition led by Robert Huygn from Belgium, broke the record set by another Sherpa, Babu Chhiri, who climbed the peak in 16 hours and 56 minutes in May, 2000.

Mr. Chhiri died on the mountain in 2001, when he fell into a crevasse while trying to take a photograph.

The Nepalese Tourism Ministry said 43 climbers reached the summit on Thursday, all parties climbing the mountain to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's conquest of the peak on May 29, 1953.

Among them was a 70-year-old former professional skier from Japan, Yuichiro Miura, who became the oldest man to climb Mount Everest.

More than 1,200 climbers have reached the summit in the past 50 years, and at least 175 have died trying.

A team of three Canadians who aimed to reach the world's highest peak without the aid of supplemental oxygen typically used by climbers as the air thins at high altitudes, stopped short of the peak early this week and is returning home.

Another Canadian, Peggy Foster, who was attempting the climb with an international group, also dropped out.

From http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030523.wedit0523/BNStory/Front (http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030523.wedit0523/BNStory/Front)
Title: New speed record on Everest already broken!!
Post by: 7summits on May 26 2003, 12:19
From www.mounteverest.net
Lhakpa Gelu shatters Everest speed record
20:36 p.m. EDT May 25, 2003
A report just in from base camp says Lhakpa Gelu has completed his Everest speed record in a unofficial time of 10 hours and 12 min, beating the record Pemba Dorjie set just days ago (12 hrs 45 min), by more than 2 hours.

This was Lhakpa's second attempt at the Everest ascent record this season. He had made a go for it on the 21st, but poor weather forced him to abort.
Title: Re:New speed record on Everest
Post by: trunl on Oct 17 2003, 08:21
question: does acclimatization not have to take place to make a speed accent?
Title: Re:New speed record on Everest
Post by: Ron on Oct 17 2003, 12:39
most of the record attemps on mountains are doen by acclimitized people trunl. Like on denali they saty at medical camp for 3 weeks climbing and then descent to base camp, rest and then do the attempt.

but also it is said that if you go up on extreme altitute and back within a certain period (dont remember excakly how many hours..i believe 32) you will net get HAPA or HACA...altitute sickniss. Ofcourse you will be very tired b.c of O2 shortage.
Title: Re:New speed record on Everest
Post by: trunl on Oct 29 2003, 08:21
good info to know.
thanx  :)