Update June 4th, 2005:
Sir Ranulph Fiennes aborts his summit bid, early in the night .... 4 others
climbers on the commercial team Neal Short, Jens Bojen,
Ian Parnell and Mark Campbell (South Africa)
along with 3 Sherpas are reported to have summited. This is according to the
team's report. EverestNews.com has not confirmed this information except for
the fact that Sir Ranulph Fiennes turned around and is headed down.
Update June 3rd, 2005:
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is now at high camp. he is expected to leave soon for the
Update June 2, 2005:
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was at camp 3 for the commercial teams (they have more
camps) and moving up to high camp (their camp 4). It appears many expect him
to be attempting the summit right now. We wonder if they will wait and go the
next morning.. We will see soon..
Background: Conquering Mt. Everest means
a lot more to Sir Ranulph Fiennes than just reaching the summit. Sir
Ranulph, or Rans as he is often called, at worst is tempting fate by
attempting Mt. Everest less than two years after having a major heart attack.
Other issues that Rans is up against are vertigo and his fear of heights. But,
at its best, Rans’ Mt. Everest expedition comes at a point in his life that
could be called a new beginning. Rans’ first wife, Ginny Fiennes, succumbed
to stomach cancer last February and Rans will marry Louise Millington, 38, in
March, just a short time before he attempts Everest with a commercial
expedition on March 26.
A positive that works to Rans’
advantage is his lifetime of conquering what to many would seem the
impossible. Rans is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s
greatest living explorer with accomplishments including a solo expedition o
the North Pole and the first unsupported crossing of the Atlantic. Another
advantage of the climb is that he is hoping to raise up to 2 million for the
British Heart Foundation.
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