Everest 2005: South African Alex Harris summits Everest! and
Sibusiso Vilane Summits for
the second time. Climbing with the British commercial group on
the North side, veteran South African guide Alex Harris summited Everest and
Sibusiso Vilane summited
for the second time last Friday. Alex was quoted as saying,
"Last Friday, early in the morning, God let me look at the world through his
eyes," Harris said. "And it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen."
Update June 3rd, 2005:
the first black African to
summit Everest, has done it again! It is reported that he summited this
morning at 06h40 local time.
Sibusiso Vilane will be
returning to the Himalayas to attempt to summit Mt. Everest from the North
Ridge—the more difficult and statistically less-successful side. In 2003
Vilane, a 34-year-old game ranger, father of three and native of South Africa
and Swazi, became the first black man to summit Mount Everest. The goal of
Vilane’s climb this year is to raise money for three children's charities: The
Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits University, the Africa Foundation
and the SOS Children's Village in Swaziland. Vilane will be climbing with
South African Alex Harris and world-renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
When Vilane returns from his climb he hopes to be more involved in public
speaking—specifically to motivate and inspire children.
Undaunted by a full day in Everest’s “death zone” Vilane was
reported still elated by his experiences atop Everest when he touched down at
London’s Heathrow Airport. He spent some time resting in Britain before
returning to a hero’s welcome in South Africa
Everest 2005: Sir Ranulph Fiennes
will also be a memeber of this commercial expedition
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