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  Video of Lhakpa Gelu leaving from base camp for his first speed attempt

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Everest speed ascent in progress
10:32 a.m. EDT May 25, 2003
Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa left Everest base camp less than three hours ago to try and set an Everest speed ascent record. The time to beat, 12 hrs 45 min, was set by Pemba Dorjie just days ago. He shattered the late Babu Chirri’s record by over 4 hours! Lhakpa tried earlier on the 21st, but poor weather forced him to stop.

Fabio Meraldi, a climber in the Italian Everset Speed Expedition is also going for a record this spring – a speed ascent/descent without oxygen. He left for his attempt several days ago, but was forced to stop and is expected to give it another go soon.

image of Lhakpa Gelu and video courtesy of BaseCampMD.com

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