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Italian speed climber for Everest no O2 record attempt
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May 18, 2005 16: 05 EST
Previously published Mar 29, 2005 10: 41 EST

News just reached ExplorersWeb that Italian skyrunner Bruno Brunod will attempt the record for the fastest ascent and descent of Mt. Everest from North Side Base Camp without oxygen.

The expedition "Everest Vitesse 2005" is composed of 8 mountain guides and 1 medical researcher who will assist the skyrunner during his run. The climbers will reach Tibet mid April 2005, and are mainly sponsored by the Aosta Valley Autonomous Region.

The expedition website is currently only in Italian, but will be translated to English shortly.

The current Everest speed record is Pemba Dorjie's 8 hour and 10 minute ascent of Mt. Everest South side on May 21st, 2004. Pemba started at 6 P.M. on 20th May 2004 and reached the summit at 02.10 A.M. on 21st May 2004 according to the Nepali Ministry of Tourism.

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 Bruno in medical check-up prior to departure, courtesy of his website.
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