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  Mt. Everest 2005 Leipziger: Back to Namche


At the basecamp some teams quit, not only our team is on its way back. When I went through the BC yesterday, most camp sites were already empty. However, some commercial expeditions still try to expand the official season.

Meanwhile we get bad news from the North of Everest. Some people summited successfully from there but these stories are accompanied by thrillers. When fixing the route, some sherpas got severe frostbites. From our side, i.e. from South, there isn't still no succesful summiting this season.

But our expedition has not ended yet. Packing all the equipment needs a lot of time. All loads must be prepared and sorted to fit the 25 kg limit for yaks.


from left: Olaf Rieck, Thorsten Kutschke, Jana Odrich, Thomas Türpe, Lakpa Gelbu Sherpa

Jana, Thomas and Thorsten intend to leave Nepal rapidly. I have to manage the Debriefing at the Ministry and will stay here for another week or so.


Updates

Background

A German team will attempt the South side of Everest (Nepal). The final team: Olaf Rieck, Thomas Türpe, Lakpa Gelbu Sherpa, Jana Odrich.

all members are Germans except Lakpa Gelbu Sherpa (Nepalese)

 

all ascends listed below were without oxygen

Thomas Türpe: born 1961

1994        Cho Oyu (8201 m)

1996 Everest until 8400 m

1999 Cho Oyu (8201 m)

2000 Makalu (8463 m)

2001 Everest until 8700 m

2002    Cho Oyu (8201 m)

2003 Gasherbrum II (8035 m)

 

Jörg Stingl: born 1961

1996        Mt. Everest until 8500 m

1997 Cho Oyu until 7800 m

1998 Makalu until 8250 m

1999 Manaslu (8163 m)

2001 Mt. Everest  (8850 m)

2004 Nanga Parbat (8125 m)

 

Lakpa Gelbu Sherpa: born 1977

1996        Cho Oyu (8201m)

2000 Everest North (8850 m)

2001 Dhaulagiri (8167 m)

2003 Lhotse (8516 m)

2003 Everest South (8850 m)

 

Olaf Rieck: born 1964

1999        Cho Oyu (8201 m)

      Cho Polu (6735 m, first ascend)

2001 Gasherbrum II (8035 m)

      Hidden Peak until 6500 m

2002 Num Ri (6677 m, first ascend)

 

Olaf Zill: born 1966

2000        Makalu (8463 m)

2001 Mt. Everest until 8000 m

2002 Dhaulagiri (8167 m)

2003 Cho Oyu (8201 m)

 

Jana Odrich: born 1974

Island Peak (Imja Tse) 6189 m

Kilimanjaro 5 895 m

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