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Press release from Everest North side: First Everest summits 2005, climber missing
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May 21, 2005 15: 31 EST

"First Everest summits 2005, climber missing.
By Harry Kikstra, 7summits.com

Note: not all details are confirmed and can (hopefully) change before or after this pressrelease is posted. Please check 7summits.com & ExplorersWeb.com for the latest updates.

Today and yesterday the non-stop spell of bad weather on Everest was broken for a few moments. This was enough for the Slovenian climbers Victor & Marko from the international 7summits-club/7summits.com team to go for the summit.

Increasingly worsening weather

After leaving the last camp, 8300m, at 02.30 they climbed through the increasingly worsening weather. This afternoon at 13.00 China time they reached the summit while the wind was picking up again to regular 2005 speed.

This season is extremely bad and the 2 summits (so far there are no other summits confirmed) are the first and maybe last of the season. The summit push was made without any Sherpa support, extraordinary on Everest nowadays.

Rescue search

Victor called back in from camp 3, 8300m, but has let us know that he lost track of Marko during the descent in the bad weather. Victor is waiting for him in camp, one of the Sherpas has joined him and will be climbing higher in search for Marko.

On behalf of the 7summits-club/7summits.com expedition, Alexander Abramov & Harry Kikstra

See the daily updates on the 7summits.com forum for more details about the climbing schedule and route information."

This year, Alex Abramov has joined hands with Harry Kikstra of 7summits.com, forming the 7summits-club. Other climbing leaders are Nikolay Cherni who has 6, 8000ers and was a co-leader of the Russian Central North wall expedition last year, and extra guide Ivan Dus. The entire expedition offers a full service outfit with 11 climbing Sherpas (all Everest summiters), and an expedition Doc. There are 18 expedition members in total.

Image of Marko, and the North Col camp, courtesy of the team.

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