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Everest traverse veterans back
15:39 p.m. EST Feb 4, 2004
The Bulgarian team set their leader and offer more details for their anniversary Everest expedition:

In 1984, four Bulgarians succeeded in making the second traverse of Everest by climbing up the West Ridge of the peak and down the southeast. One of the members lost part of his legs on the tough climb.

Twenty years later, three of the summiteers are back, to attempt Everest without oxygen from the North side.

Expedition leader is Metodi Savov (who lost parts of his legs) and the other returning summiteers are Nikolay Petkov, who later also scaled Dhaulagiri in 1997 and Ivan Valchev (also Makalu 1998 without oxygen).

Other team members are Zveta Misheva who will try to become the first Bulgarian woman to summit Everest, Petko Totev (Broad peak 2001), Stanimir Zhelyazkov (Broad peak 2001), Ivan Temelkov, Doychin Boyanov, Christo Christov (Thalay Sagar 2003, new route), and Ms. Karina Salova (Shisha Pangma Foresummit 1999, physician).

The Federation of Bulgarian Alpine Clubs organizes this expedition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1984 first Bulgarian ascent on Everest.

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