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Good morning Serbia: You've got an Everest SUMMIT!
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May 29, 2005 04: 16 EST
We had just barely published the story on the team, when the news came: Vojvodinean expedition on top!

Serbian climber Iso Planic and a sherpa reached the summit this morning at 8.10 am (local time). Iso was faster than the other 3 members of his team who were forced back due to wind.

Iso and his Sherpa seized a short period with lower wind to summit Everest and make it safely back down to high camp, (8300 m). Coincidentally, Hillary and Tenzing summited Everest on the same day, May 29th, 52 years ago!

Congratulations, guys!

We haven't heard much about these guys, but tonight an email arrived - just in time for their final summit push:

"At 10.00 p.m. (local time) climbers from Vojvodina (Serbia) were starting the final push to Mount Everest north side summit."

Vojvodinean climbers Goran Ferlan, Iso Planic, Andor Luhovic and Hoselito Bite started out from ABC (6.400 m) on May 26th. This was their third attempt, as bad weather had forced them down from 7000 meters on two previous attempts; May 14th and 21st.

"This push was the climbers last effort, as their climbing permit and visa were expiring. The men climbed to camp 3 (8300 m), expecting a window to open on May 29. Tonight, at 10.00 p.m. (local time) they began their final ascent to the top of Everest (8848 m).

Image of the team, courtesy of the expedition website.

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