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Everest North: 7 Summits Club's second group push tonight!
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May 31, 2005 12: 18 EST
Despite deteriorating weather conditions, the second group in 7 Summits Club team is sticking to plans and pushing for the summit tonight. This is Harry’s latest:

"Lorenzo, John and Harry arrived at Camp 3 (8300m) at 16.45 PM local time. Tired but safe. All day snow storm, which was very hard work. Robert is going down again, had to abort ascend. Now trying to get some rest before we head for the summit at midnight"

Jean Pavilliard and Monica at the North Col

Conditions may be tough for the guys if yesterday’s night storm repeats today. Jean Pavilliard, currently in North Col, at7000m, have just reported on the effects of recent winds:

“Camp 1, 7000m, after a long warm day, here we are at the base of the north ridge,” he reported. “We are well protected from the wind but many tents have suffer damaged from previous storm.”

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 three days ago. Thus, the expedition split up in two groups, whose member - at the beginning of the summit push - were:

Group 1: Nikolay Chernyy, Yury Taydokov, Ivan Dusharin, Grigory Skaller, Alexandre Lakovenko, Igor Pokhvalin, Karo Ovasapyan, James Wilde. Sherpas: Pasang Tenzing, Mingma Forche, Pemba Tensing Samte, Mingma Gelu, Pasang Temba Geldjin, Pemba Renjin.

James aborted his attempt before the summit day.

Group 2: Alexander Abramov, Dmitry Moskalev, Harry Kikstra, John Christiana, Nate Schneider, Lorenzo Gariano, Robert Ulph. Sherpas: Lakcha Rengin, Nima Dorji, Mingma Nurbu, Pemba Nurbu.

Yesterday, seven climbers and six sherpas from the first group reached the summit.

Live image over Contact 3.0 of climbers reaching North Col today, courtesy of Jean Pavilliard.

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