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Everest North: 7 Summits Club summit update - Nikolay wins a 23 year-long battle
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May 30, 2005 08: 39 EST
Alexander Abramov has just provided further details on the team’s latest success on Everest’s North side:

“Today, May, 30, seven members and six high-altitude porters (Sherpas)from the 7 Summits Club expedition have reached the summit of Mount Everest. The first to summit, at around 7:00 am, local time, was Karo Ovasapian. Half an hour later Alexander Jakovenko reached the top, followed by Nikolay Cherny. Then it was Crimean Igor Pohvalin’s turn to summit. Jury Tajdakov, Ivan Dusharin, and Grigory Skaller got to the top later.”

Nikolay’s success after 23 years

“Six Sherpas have reached the top along with the climbers, led by Sirdar Mingma, who has made his 4th Everest ascent.”

“We would like to remark Nikolay Cherny’s success. Nikolay, 65 ears old, was attempting Everest for the fourth time. His first attempt n the mountain took place as team member of the first Soviet Everest expedition, back in 1982!”

“We congratulate him, and we feel proud to be his partners.”

Weather deteriorating!

“Now on the high slopes of Everest the weather has deteriorated. Right now all the summit group is back in Camp 3 at 8300m. Most of them will spend the night there, except for Karo and his sherpa, who wanted to proceed back to ABC today.”

“Tomorrow the second group will climb from 7700 m up to 8300 m. According to our previous plan, there will be 12 members in the second group.”

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:

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.

Image of Nikolay Cherny courtesy of Seven Summits Club team.
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