The rescue operation is
continuing. While Alex reports it is unique, climbers has been rescued after
spending the night out before up high, recall Brice's client and his guide
Andy who spent the night out at the Third step. There has also been others...
Alex is reporting to us that
the group appear to be
descending the route from the ridge to high camp at 8300 meters. His
expedition Sirdar Mingma Gelu (Lakpa's Sherpa Brother) is up there. He has
brought some kind of carring basket. Lincoln has a rest, drinks tea. "He in
consciousness, however not completely understands what happens."
From high camp the
group prepares for descent
following the difficult part, a rocky crest. From 7500 meters they will pass
on a snow crest and Sherpas hope to lower Lincoln in camp on North Col by
night. At 7000 the expedition Doctor Andrey Selivanov prepares a field
hospital and waits for "descent of the victim."
Now 13 Sherpas under
management of Mingma are occupied in rescue operation. They hope to have a
rest and a sleep some hours in camp on the North Col.
Descent to АВС (6400м) is
supposed to be begun at dawn, May, 27th. There, in advanced base camp (АВС) a
new team of Sherpas prepares for the further transportation. Several teams
Earlier update: Yesterday Lincoln's team stated Lincoln Hall was dead (see
below for the full report from them.) They also reported Тhomas
We wondered what would Dan Mazur find? Other
Everest climbers and EverestNews.com actually spoke about what Dan might find.
No one knew what Dan knew about these apparent deaths or if he had any
knowledge at all that these men were up there.
Dan called in to say he and a couple of other
climbers from his team were headed up... Into the mess Dan was headed. Several
dead bodies from 2006 would be in the path, but in what condition would the
bodies from the night before be found? You see when you are "dead" on Everest,
"dead" is a matter of condition in some cases. Maybe we can talk more about
that in a few days...
So what did Dan find? Press reports are
indicating Dan has found Lincoln ALIVE!!! The reports state Dan gave him tea
and oxygen. We have not heard from Dan yet, as we would not expect too. Dan
then reportedly called for call, and an army of Sherpas went up and are trying
to bring Lincoln down.
PLEASE SEND YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OUT TO DAN, PHIL AND
ANDREW AND THE SHERPAS. Their lives are clearly at risk right now... The
Sherpa will be able to stay longer the western climbers who will need to come
Alex, Lincoln's expedition leader has filed this NEW
report: (the previous report stating Lincoln was dead follows it ...)
11:00 Moscow time. Alexander
Abramov by the phone from camp ABC.
News about Lincoln Hall.
May, 25 at 19:20 Sherpas have stopped the rescue operation proceeding more of
9 hours at height about 8700 meters. They have verified the fact of death of
Lincoln Hall, on the basis of that from 17:00 till 19:20 he did not submit any
attributes of life. Five Sherpas, completely exhausted, have gone down in
darkness in camp 8300.
In the morning May, 26 at 7
in the morning, Dan Mazur, which was climbing with group of clients, has
informed, he is near Lincoln Hall. Lincoln was motionless, but submitted weak
attributes of life. Immediately 13 Sherpas, spending night on North Col (7000
meters) were sent for realization of rescue operations on height of 8700
meters. The same task was put to five Sherpas which stay in camp 8300 .
Unfortunately, two of them have lost sight yesterday and required help. Thus,
approximately by 11 a.m. three Sherpas with tea, oxygen and medicines have
reached Lincoln. After plentiful drink and reception of medicines, Lincoln
started to talk, though speech of him was untied and he could not move
independently . Not waiting arrival of the basic group, three Sherpas have
started to move him on a crest. Now they could move him on 50 meters on a
difficult rocky site. Now the second group of eight Sherpas with all necessary
came for help. If weather will allow, rescue operations will proceed all
WE ASK YOU ALL TO SEND YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OUT TO DAN,
PHIL AND ANDREW AND THE SHERPAS. Their lives are clearly at risk right
Earlier report from the expedition leader:
18:30 Moscow time. Alexander
Abramov by the phone from camp ABC.
21 – 25th of May good weather kept on Everest, the wind was very weak. May, 25
in midnight a team of Lincoln Hall (Australia), Homes Weber (Germany), guide
Harry Kikstra (Holland) in support of 5 high-altitude porters has left camp of
8300 m for a summit attempt. The group was well provided with oxygen as about
20 superfluous cylinders were in camp 8300. At 9:00 Lincoln Hall and three
Sherpas has reached the top. He went in good rate and has joyfully informed
about his success on a portable radio set.
At 9:15 Harry Kikstra has
informed, that Тhomas Weber, a climber with weakened sight, has completely
lost sight. For this reason, traverse on rocks to the top at height of 8800
meters he considered practically impossible. Having conferred, Тhomas, Harry
and two Sherpas have begun descent at 9:30 a.m., only 50 meters from the
summit on height. At 10:00 Lincoln Hall has reached on descent a snow
triangle, at height of 8800 meters. And at this moment Sherpas have
transferred, that Lincoln started to move downwards very bad, coordination was
lost. At 10:30 Lincoln has lain on snow and could not go down independently
any more. Sherpas have begun rescue works. To the aid we have sent two more
Sherpas from camp ABC with oxygen. They should bring additional oxygen, drink
Unexpectedly at 12:20, Harry Kikstra has informed that he is with Тhomas and
to two Sherpas at a level of the Second step, height of 8700 meters. And that
Тhomas has a collapse, Тhomas has told only: "I have died" and have lost
consciousness. At 12:40 the death was verified . Harry has sent one of Sherpas
upward to the aid of transportation of Lincoln. Then he has gone downwards
with the second Sherpas. From 9:30 till 19:20 , almost 9 hours, four tried to
get Lincoln lower. A crest here is very complicated technically and in
condition of Lincoln it was possible to lower him for 9 hours on 300-400
meters on a crest. Sherpas could lower him from the Second step on height of
8700 meters. During descent Lincoln two times talked on a portable radio set
to friends. Conversations were addle, there was an obvious loss of orientation
in time and space. After 5 p.m. Lincoln has ceased to reply. Movements have
got chaotic character. Sherpas continued attempts to move Lincoln along a
crest, but at 19:20 the death was verified. The probable reason: brain
cerebral edema, pulmonary edema . Now 21:30, Sherpas have gone down from a
crest in camp 8300м, they are outside of danger though have got awfully tired.
Harry Kikstra is in camp on 7000 m on North Col.
The Leader of expedition 7 Summits Club on Everest
And the responsible secretary
Very sad news... Our thoughts and prayers go out to the
Background: Expedition name "7 Summits
Expedition Leader - Alexander
Expedition guides - Alexander
Abramov, Russia (main guide and leader, Everest Summiteer, leader of 5
Svergun, Ukrain (guide, 2 times Everest summiter, from the North without
oxygen, 5 other 8-thousanders, has 2 Piolet d’Ore)
Gelu Sherpa, Nepal (sirdar, 5 times Everest Summiteer)
Kofanov, Russia (assistant guide)
Korobeshko, Russia (assistant guide)
Selivanov, Russia (doctor and ABC manager)
Onipchenko, Russia (mountain ranger, BC manager)
Chistyakov, Russia (internet project manager)
To the top
Hazelton Tyler III
Weber (blind climber)
Christopher Harris (son)
6 kitchen boys
Total: 73 (30 clients, 43
Expedition start date : April
Expedition end date : June 10
Alexander Abramov with part
of the staff arrives in Katmandu on March 20 to start the preparations for
such a big expedition. 200 oxygen bottles are already bought for the
Update: Alex is currently in Nepal meeting with Asian
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