7-summit club update: A word on Harry!|
Jun 2, 2005 17: 56 EST
This just in from Harry's home team:
It has been a nail biting 24 hours. A couple of hours ago we finally received a first clear message regarding Harry.
It has been confirmed by Alex from ABC, by SMS, that Harry arrived at Camp 3 at around 10PM local time. That is 21 hours after the group left for the summit at 1AM!
Harry is with his sharpa in camp 3, together with John and another sherpa. So that is good, given the circumstances.
We are still waiting to hear the condition of Harry and the others at camp 3. Let's hope they make it all through the night OK, without any complications due to prolonged exposure to the altitude, the cold and a lack of oxygen. It will be third night at 8300. The fourth above 7700. Of lesser importance at the moment, but we also do not know yet if Harry did make it to the summit.
Erik (on behalf of Harry Kikstra, 7 summits.com)"
This year, Alexander Abramov joined hands with Harry Kikstra of 7summits.com, forming the 7summits-club. This expedition's unorthodox Everest climb has been a true adventure, through thick and thin, through the good times and through the bad.
Two Slovenian team members - Маrko Lihteneker (45) and Viktor Mlinar (38) - summited last weekend. Sadly, Marko was lost during descent. Although wrecked, the remaining climbers launched a new bid last weekend, dividing in two groups.
First group succeeded and is back in ABC. Second group's members were attempting the summit last night.
Image of Harry Kikstra (left) and Nikolay Cherny (right) courtesy of Seven Summits Club team.