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Mount Everest 2005 SUMMIT from the SOUTH SIDE at last!

May 29, 2005 23: 48 EST
"Summit 5 minutes back!!!!!! Weather is good!" Damian Benegas (brother of Willie) of the Patagonian Brothers Expeditions, just broke the news to ExWeb.

It took until almost the very last day of the month, but tonight - or rather this Monday morning May 30 Nepal time, the Everest south side climbers dogged persistence finally paid off!

The forecast of lower winds (the jet was to move away Sunday) looked good, but not great: It would still be breezy at around 25-30 knots.

Still, the guys grabbed the chance and went for it. Luck favors the bold, congratulations, summiteers!

ExWeb's quick links to summit push expedition dispatches:
Mountain Madness dispatches | Jagged Globe dispatches | 7 Summits/Harry Kikstra’s dispatches | DCXP | Project Himalaya | | Gavin Bates | Alpine Ascents Cybercasts | Ben and Shaunna | IMG

Among the climbers pushing tonight (around 40 from the south, and 30 from the north plus sherpas) are Alpine Ascents (South): Vern Tejas and David Liano; Jagged Globe (South); Project Himalaya/DCXP (North) SUMMIT (Julian Thompson and Dawa Gyelzen); Gavin Bates (South) no oxygen (Aborted); Mountain Madness (South) SUMMIT; 7-summit club (North): Nikolay Chernyy, Yury Taydokov, Ivan Dusharin, Grigory Skaller, Alexandre Lakovenko, Igor Pokhvalin, Karo Ovasapyan, James Wilde; IMG, 3 climbers; also possibly (unconfirmed) Iran, Indian Air Force, Ben and Shaunna.

Archive video of climbers arriving at Everest summit from the south side, ExplorersWeb.
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