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Adventure Peaks aborts Everest summit attempt
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May 21, 2004 09: 01 EST
From Jill Pinkerton Adventure Peaks Office - UK

"Dave called early this morning to let me know that our team has decided to abort their summit attempt and are currently on their way down back to ABC. The team was involved yesterday in assisting climbers who were coming back from summit attempts in bad ways, unfortunately some of the climbers from other teams have not returned.

It's extremely difficult to express the disappointment for the team, all of which have dedicated the last year to preparing for this. On the other hand, we have to admire the courage that every one of them made the decision to turn around as they had doubts about carrying on.

The team has asked me to thank the sherpas, who throughout the expedition have done a splendid job getting everything ready for them, and the last few days the sherpas have been with the team, carrying & ensuring the team have been fed & watered at each high camp. As the team descend, the sherpas will now start the task of stripping down each camp and carrying all the equipment back to ABC.

The team hopes to be back into Kathmandu on the 27th May and to the UK shortly after that.

I would like to thank every one for all the support and kind words of encouragement for the team that we have received over the last 2 months."

This is a small team of climbers from various nations. Non-guided expedition organized by Dave Pritt's Adventure Peaks. The team started out with Serena Brocklebank to be following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Tom Brocklebank, who was a member of the British expedition to the north side of Everest in 1933. Kevin Donovan is a 47-year old computer systems administrator from Dallas, Texas: “I’m just an ordinary guy". Tom and Ben hope to be the first British brothers to summit Everest together. The climbers will be using the new British oxygen system.

The expedition stars in the new BBC production "The Challenge" and part of the film crew worked on the recent "Touching the Void".

Expedition leader: Dave Pritt. Paul Noble
Expedition members: Dr. Mike Brennan (UK), Ian Gibb (UK), Serena Brocklenbank (UK), Tom Clowes (UK), Ben Clowes (UK), Raymond "Ray" Smith (UK), Kevin Donovan (USA), Tony Griffiths (UK).
Expedition film crew (BBC): Tony Griffiths, cameraman John Whittle, Paul Moores, BC/ABC Director Ewen Thomson and Assistant Producer Rachel Skelton. John and Paul are from High Exposure, LTD

Image of team members compiled by ExplorersWeb.
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