Everest and Himalaya complete list of 2005 Expeditions|
Mar 7, 2005 09: 25 EST
Previously published Mar 4, 2005 23: 21 EST
Check it out! The Everest and Himalaya list is complete, and better than ever. Read about each expedition, and check ExWeb's specials and/or interviews with most of the climbers. This is your one stop shop to everything Himalaya this spring - until the usual ExWeb wrap-ups begin in a few weeks time. There is still a number more interviews coming up, and there could be a few more late expedition announcements, but all in all this is the full game plan for this season.
The Everest highlights are of course the Everest Supercouloir, and the Everest North Face attempt (if those guys get to go - no fixed names yet). Then there is the newly released Everest Traverse, tracked by the new Contact GEO positioning system.
Lonely riders and Carlos Pauner
Several lonely riders without oxygen this year, a big name is of course Carlos Pauner. Two celebrities are Fiennes and Sibusiso. Norway's first female flight Captain takes off for Everest, and American Monika Kalozdi is checking her kids’ homework over satellite phone in BC.
The young, the old and the firsts
The Senior is Polish Jerzy, 73; whilst young American Danielle Fisher has a chance to be the youngest American at 20 to climb Everest and the Seven Summits. Lynne Stark will attempt to be the first woman from Northern Ireland to climb Everest, Singapore will go for its first Everest summit and SE Asia's first w/o O2.
There's a big Chinese presence, and several all female teams - the first Muslim women from Iran; a China-Japan Joint all-women Expedition, and the not yet confirmed Indian Army all female team.
Apa's number 15
Alexander Abramov is back with a huge outfit and a brand new name: the 7 Summits Club. Airborne ranger Club of Finland will bring wheat porridge and blueberry soup. American Will Cross, is back in spite of his type 1 diabetes and Apa Sherpa's will go for Everest summit no. 15.
Korea's memorial and Dijmarescu's bad press
Korea is returning to collect their perished climbers from last year. Gheorghe Dijmarescu and Lahkpa Sherpa seems to be returning to Everest as well, despite the bad press Gheorghe received last year from some of his expedition clients.
The biggest American event
There's plenty more on Everest, but the biggest American event elsewhere is Ed Viesturs final on Annapurna. When he scales the 26,545 foot mountain, Ed will become the first American to join the small number of climbers who have stood atop the summits of all 14 8,000 meter peaks in the world, and climbed them without oxygen.
Other big names on big mountains
Piotr Pustelnik is ready for a second attempt on the Bonnington Route on the South Face of Annapurna and Italian Silvio “Gnaro” Mondinelli is getting ready to launch his second attempt on Anna, this time through the north side.
Iñaki Ochoa is already in Himalaya, on a solo attempt on Shisha. Later he will join Nives Meroi, Romano Benet, Luca Vuerich, and Peter Guggemos for the serious Dhaulagiri/Annapurna double headers. Ivan Vallejo is joining too, after he cancelled his expedition to Kangchenjunga.
Alan Hinkes is off for Kangchenjunga, the only 8000er left for him to complete the 14, 8000ers. Carlos Soria will attempt the classic route with Vicente Lagunilla. Lagunilla reached the summit of K2 w/o O2 last year, Soria became the eldest K2 summiteer of K2.
Other significant expeditions
And in the section "Other significant expeditions" there are the two stars from last year’s Everest North Wall expedition now heading for a Tibetan North Face Big Wall in Alpine style. Yuri Koshelenko was awarded the Piolet d’Or for the first ascent to Nuptse East, along with Valeri Babanov. Koshelenko and Tuhvatullin were members of the Russian team who opened a new line on the center of Everest’s North face last year. The feat was awarded as one of the Best of ExplorersWeb expeditions in 2004.
Most expeditions are leaving for Himalaya in only a few weeks time. Go check them all on ExplorersWeb's big 2005 expeditions list!
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