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New address for Everest speed climb committee
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Jul 27, 2004 21: 33 EST
This past Friday we published a letter from the Ministry requesting help to settle the recent speed climb record on Everest. This morning the world media including BBC picked up on the news. That's when we received another mail from the committee - with a new address for the replies.

"The committee has been using the Ministry's email and fax addresses for official correspondence. The co-coordinator for the probe committee is Mr. Purina Bhakta Tandukar who is the under secretary at the Ministry's Mountaineering Section of the Tourism Industry Division.

E-mail: tourism@mail.com.np
Fax: 977-1-4227-281

Ang Karma Sherpa also reports that the probe committee's work is progressing steadily with hopes to bring out the facts and clear this controversy for once and all.

A re-run on what's up: All you Everest climbers from this past spring, the Ministry is asking for any information relevant to the controversy surrounding Pemba Dorjie's record ascent of Mt. Everest on May 21st, 2004.

After Pemba’s record setting 8 hour and 10 minute ascent from the South Side, the previous record holder, Lhakpa Gelu, challenged Pemba, “The weather was so bad that day there is no way [Pemba] could have made the climb." As a result, the Ministry has formed a 7-member committee to get to the bottom of this. What are they looking for? Information – pictures or videos from the summit with specific date and time, also if you left any banners/flags/mementos on the summit, they want to know about that too. Pemba made the record ascent the evening of May 20th, going into the morning of the 21st.

Everest speed ascent history

Oct 5, 1990, Marc Batard (no O2): 22 hrs 29 min
Oct 17, 1998, Kaji Sherpa (with O2): 20 hrs 24 min
May 21, 2000, Babu Chiri Sherpa (with O2): 16 hrs 56 min
May 22, 2003, Pemba Dorjie Sherpa (with O2): 12 hrs and 45 min
May 25, 2003, Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa (with O2): 10 hrs 56 min
May 21, 2004, Pemba Dorjie Sherpa (with O2): 8 hrs 10 min

Image of Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa courtesy of Luanne Freer of BaseCampMD.com.

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