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Everest North: 7 Summits Club update - Harry did summit!
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Jun 3, 2005 11: 08 EST
Erik, from Harry’s home team, has finally managed to speak with him, and here goes the news:

“Just got the first message from Harry the man himself. He is OK and made it to the top of the world yesterday!”

“He arrived at the summit quite late, at 14:00 local time. After this he had to fight, exhausted, to get out of the death zone and get back to camp 3, where he arrived at 22:00.”

“This is his sixth summit of the Seven!”

Heading down to ABC right now!

“As reported earlier today, he is now on his way back to ABC – He has already left C2 (7700m) and he expects to be back in ABC in three or four hours. At the moment of posting this story, Harry was at 7300m.”

“With the confirmation of Harry's summit this means that yesterday three expedition members reached the summit of Everest: Dmitry Moskalev, Harry Kikstra and John Christiana. (I do not yet know which Sherpas were with them at the top.).”



Lorenzo’s story, by Alex through SMS

Meanwhile, Alex Abramov reported through SMS earlier today on Lorenzo’s climb.

“Lorenzo Gariano said about his summit day: ‘I have a h… of a story to tell’. I can imagine!,” exclaimed Alex.

“The summit push was a combination of a very technical climb and a queue of people made progress up from Camp 3 difficult, especially in the dark. He started to notice he couldn’t focus, then realized he’d lost vision in one eye. He then lost contact with the others on the way up to the North Ridge; it as very worrying. He reached the North Ridge and could see the peaks on the South side, but then realized, at 8600m, that he could not carry on. Now, even more dramatic, he managed to find some shelter behind a rock to rest until sunrise, the tip of Everest just in front of him.”

It was terrifying to be on my own

“Lorenzo thinks his eye will recover. Harry, by then in Camp 2, sent up a Sherpa to help Lorenzo down. ‘It’s wonderful to be speaking to you all ... celebrating life’. A lesson learned to never do such a summit without a personal Sherpa. ‘It was very terrifying to be on my own – (luckily) my `time` had not come yet.’"

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 three members summited yesterday, June 2nd. They are currently on their way down.

Image of Harry Kikstra, and the summit of Everest from the North side as background, courtesy of Seven Summits Club team.

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