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Everest South - Spaniard Jesus Calleja summits!
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May 30, 2005 14: 25 EST
Spanish climber Jesus Calleja summited Everest from the South side earlier this morning, around 9:30 AM, local time.

Jesus confirmed the good news to sponsoring local paper Diario de Leon. He also called the Valencia expedition team, currently in Camp 2.

A neat trail for those coming next

According to the Valencia team members, Jesus felt great during the ascent. He was climbing closely behind Willie Benegas, who fixed ropes at the Hillary Step. “The ropes are now fixed and there is a neat trail opened for you,” Jesus announced.

Jesus Calleja reached the top along with a Sherpa, and with supplementary O2 – there’s been no summits without Oxygen this year on Everest. He is currently resting in Camp 4, where he will spend the night before heading back to BC tomorrow.

Few remaining Spaniards

Calleja was sharing climbing permit with Carlos Pauner and Mallorca’s teams, but both aborted their attempts last week. He and the three-member Valencia team are the only Spanish climbers currently on Everest.

The Valencians David, Jorge and Haya are on their own summit bid. They are resting today in C2, trying to recover the acclimatization they lost during the last two weeks they remained in BC. Along with the Brazilian team (Waldemar and Irivan) they will set off for C3 tomorrow.

Everest climbers become marathon runners

Some members of the Mallorca team, once they renounced to attempt Everest, have taken part instead in the ‘Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon’, which took place yesterday. The race started at 7:00 am in Everest BC and finished in Namche Bazaar, about 2000 vertical meters below. Sherpa runners were first to cross the finish line. However, Mallorca team-member Tolo Quetglas did it pretty well too: He ended as the third best foreigner, after covering the distance in 7 hours, 12 minutes and 26 seconds.

Jesus Calleja lives in Leon, Spain. He summited Cho Oyu in 2004.

Image of Jesus on Everest some days ago, courtesy of El Diario de Leon
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