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  Mt. Everest 2005: Chaitanya on the summit of Mt Everest but many questions remain....


Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya on the summit of Mt Everest

Update August 2005: The Air Force Team has Summits by Wg Cdr R C Tripathi, Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya, who died on the way down, Sgt NR Chaudhury and Sherpas: Pemba Nuru , Pemba Chhoti, Jamling Bhote and Ang Sona Sherpa. All summited without question.  However, the mystery of Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya death has left several questions.

However, as you can see in the above picture, Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya did summit Mt Everest without question. Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya was also using Poisk oxygen not any other system as has been falsely reported by others for reasons unknown. Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya body was said to have been seen by a sherpa. More on that to follow and the questions concerning his death.

Did you see Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya's body on Everest? if so please e-mail us... His family would like to know his final resting place...

Earlier interesting reports are below...

Update June 1, 2005: After the summits on 30th May in which three members of the IAF team summited Everest from the North [Wg Cdr RC Tripathi (0515h), Sgt NR Chaudhuri (0630h) and Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya (0945h)].  Several reliable sources reported to EverestNews.com that one of these climbers did not make it back.

A rescue operation was started, but there has been no signs of the climbers. We informed the team we would wait to report the news until the family was notified and the information was released. The news has now been released according to a report by the Ministry of Defense. Squadron Leader S S Chaithanya do not come back to high camp after summiting. RC Tripathi and NR Choudhary with their sherpas arrived at reached camp three at about 7:00 pm. The Sherpa with Squadron Leader Chaithanya reached the camp at around 8:15 pm and informed the team that he had lost contact with Chaithanya. Squadron Leader Chaithanya is still officially reported missing and has not been located.

Update: Today, 30th May, three members of the IAF team summited Everest from the North. They are Wg Cdr RC Tripathi (0515h), Sgt NR Chaudhuri (0630h) and Sqn Ldr SS Chaitanya (0945h). They are all safe and on their way back to ABC.

Update 5/25/2005: Dear EverestNews.com, As u would be aware Russel Brice had taken the responsibility of fixing ropes on the North side. Most teams were rather frustrated at the ropes not being in position as late as 18th. We accordingly asked for a meeting with him in which he flatly refused to send his Sherpas to fix rope for the 21/22 window saying  that he needed the Sherpas for sending gear and oxygen for his clients. He also said that anyone who wanted to climb should either wait tilll he finds time to fix ropes or do it themselves. A few teams viz Norwegian, Indian Army, Chinese and Indian Air Force then got together and decided to fix the ropes on 21st. For reasons unknown the Chinese team did not send their Sherpa to fix rope. The other 3 teams kept their promise and fixed rope till 2nd step. Russel somehow had a change of heart and sent 4 Sherpas to carry rope from North Col to Camp III.

That is the story. If we had not taken the initiative the ropes would not have been up. Unfortunately our 4 member team had to turn back from 8600m because of oxygen and crampon problems and because 2 members were frostbitten.

Amit Chowdhury Leader IAF Team

The IAF team has thirty men and is leaving for Everest on March 29th. The expedition will be led by veteran mountaineer Wg Cdr Amit Chowdhury. This is the first Indian Air Force Everest expedition.

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