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Everest North side: Seven Summits Club - All first group's members summit!
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May 30, 2005 06: 31 EST
Harry Kikstra has just sent via SMS the good news from Camp 2 to his home team:

“All of Group 1 and all Sherpas summited today!”

“First (advanced) groups member were: Nikolay Cherny, 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. However, James and his guide turned around yesterday. There is no further news of any other member heading back below the summit.”

Cold Camp 2

Harry, along with group 2, made it to Camp 2 (7700) today after five and a half hours trudging through snow, ice, rock, sun and clouds. Earlier this morning he repoted on chilly and windy conditions at the ridge.

Leader Alexander Abramov, also with Group 2, reported yesterday from the North Col. He provided details on Sunday’s North side summits, adding two new names to the list:

Ucrainians summited yesterday

”Summiteers are 5 Norwegians, Sergey Bershov and Igor Svergun (Ukraine, city of Kharkov), then, the climber from the Serbian expedition. May be someone else.”

“So the bad forecast for May, 29 was not justified. Now our advanced group prepares for an ascent. All, except for James and his individual guide which have just gone down in АВС. According information the weather is good, there is no wind in camp 8300m. What weather will be tomorrow since morning? By the forecast - not bad.”

Nikolay’s dream come true

“It would be very much desirable, that Nikolay Cherny reaches the top. First time he tried climb Everest 23 years ago. Now he has 65 years and it is his 4th attempt. And now, it seems, there is a real chance.”

Abramov’s wish has fullfiled. Cherny was among today’s summiteers!

This year, Alex 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.

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.

Top file image of Everest summit and bottom image of Harry Kikstra and Nikolay Cherny courtesy of Seven Summits Club team
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