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Everest North: Seven Summits Club summits - troubling descent
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Jun 2, 2005 08: 05 EST
Just in from Alexander Abramov, reported at 5:30 pm, local time:

“Dmitry Moskalev has climbed the top at 8:30. On descent he has met John Christiana and his Sherpa Renji. They have reached top about one o’clock in the afternoon. Later he has met Harry Kikstra and his Sherpa Lakcha; they also continued their climb. Till now we have no confirmation, whether Harry have reached the summit or not. There was no radio communication with them during whole day, although all members and Sherpas are supplied with radio stations."

Lorenzo in trouble in camp 2

"At one o’clock Lorenzo Gariano contacted us: He reported he was in camp at 7700 m. During the ascent, at the Second step, he - according to his own words - “has lost eyesight”. We do not know exactly, what does it mean.”

“In any case, Lorenzo has managed independently to go back down to camp 2 (at 7700 m). Probably, he has just frozen eyes, due to the strong wind. We have sent up Sherpa Nima, who has quickly reached camp 2. Now they are going down to ABC, they have promised to do so.

Harry and Lakcha seen at 8500m

“Just now Sherpa Mingma Norbu, who we left at 8300 m in higher camp to wait for the Harry and Lakcha, has reported he can see them at a height of 8500m. Whether has Harry been on top or not, we do not know. We hope for the best. We hope, that they will have time to go down in camp 3 before it gets dark. Unfortunately, in camp 3 there is only one cylinder of oxygen. It will be a tough night for the three climbers, already on their third night at this height.”

Several summits in strong wind

At 9:00, local time, Abramov’s team reported on clear skies but a strong wind blowing, whilst many climbers from different nationalities were reaching the top.

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 today.

Live image sent last week over Contact 3.0 of Everest’s north side, courtesy of jean Pavilliard.
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