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  Everest 2006: Mr Park Summits and then heads down the south side: Official


Park Young-seok

Update: As per the report of Liaison Officer and handling trekking agency, the following one member and one High Altitude Worker of "International Everest Expedition 06" team climbed Mt. Everest from Tibet side and came across to the Everest basecamp of Nepal on 13th May 2006.

1.                  Mr. Young Seok Park (43), Director, Youngone Plaza, Hawalgok, Sungbukgu, Seoul, Korea.

2.         Mr. Serap Jangbu Sherpa (37), HAL, Khumjung - 3, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

 

            The above mentioned 8 members expedition team was permitted to climb 8848 meter high Mt. Everest from normal route for the period of 75 days from 4th April, 2006 under the leadership of Mr. Mr. Juan Antonio Olivieri of Sapin.

 

            The handling agency of the expedition team is Thamserku Trekking Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal.   Rajendra Dev Pandey

Park Young-seok (aka Mr. Park) who is the only person to complete the GRAND SLAM! The Grand Slam consists of the South Pole, the North Pole, the Seven Summits and the 14 8000 meter peaks, hass summited Everest again on May 11th, 2006. plans to open Everest in 2006 with a new way. In a bold move Mr. Park and Serap Jangbu Sherpa than started a traverse over to the South side before the ropes are in.... The ropes are in to camp 4.... Only rumors so far on how they are doing or not doing....

Stay Tuned...

Mr. Park, 43, plans to live broadcast from the summit (not little digital pictures sent via FTP but real live broadcast like the Chinese has done).  Mr Park is climbing again with Serap Jangbu Sherpa, 36, who has summited several of the 8000 meter peaks and K2 twice.

The new way has not been released yet...

Tashi Lhakpa climbing with Mr park plans to release his music album at the Summit Mt. Everest.

Background on Mr Park: PARK YOUNG SEOK BECOMES THE FIRST HUMAN BEING IN THE WORLD TO STAND ON ALL OF THE 14 HIGHEST 8000M HIMALAYAN PEAKS, THE 7 SUMMITS, AND THE 3 POLES. See here for more on the Grand Slam.

Korean alpinist Park Young Seok (The North Face Climbing Team, Korea) has succeeded in reaching the North Pole. This success of exploration has marked Park the first human being in the world to ascend the 14 Highest 8000m Himalayan Peaks, the 7 Summits (the highest peaks on each continent), and reach the 3 poles (Everest, The North Pole, and the South Pole). Park finally stepped his foot on the North Pole on April 30, 2005 00:00 PM.

In order to stand on the North Pole, Park’s Grand Slam Expedition Team began their exploration from Ward Hunt in Northern Canada on March 8 and marched 775 km on foot for 00 days. While the team was continuously pulling sleighs weighing up to 140kg, they also faced difficulties dealing with leads – open water due to split of ice shelf. His stand on the North Pole brings Park even more joy because the success has followed a failure to reach the North Pole in 2003. In addition, no other alpinists have reached the North Pole this year on foot besides Park and his team.  

Park, the 42-year-old explorer, not only has ascent the 14 8000 meter Himalayan peaks in the shortest period of time (8years and 2 months) in the world, but also holds the Guinness record for ascending the greatest number (6) of 8000 meter Himalayan peaks in one year. In addition, he holds the record for reaching the South Pole in the shortest period of time (44 days) by purely walking on foot without any resupply of food in 2004.  

The three other alpinists in the Park’s Grand Slam Expedition Team, Hong Sung Taek, Oh Hee Joon, and Jeong Chan Il, also held Park’s hands to shout for the victory at the North Pole. Park could not have reached the North Pole without the great team spirit and chemistry. In order to deliver a vivid detailed description in writing and graphic to the team’s supporters around the world, the newspaper reporter Jeon Chang and the expedition administrator Kang Donald Suk accompanied the team.

Since 1997, the Park’s Grand Slam Expedition Team has been supported and sponsored by Goldwin Korea (The North Face license holder in Korea) in all aspects of expedition. Goldwin Korea’s R&D team developed all the technical wears and equipments used during the North Pole and South Pole Expeditions in 2005 and 2004 respectively.

The Park’s Grand Slam Expedition Team including Park Young Seok plans to depart the North Pole on May 3, arrive at the base camp in Resolute, Canada, on May 4, and then return to Seoul, Korea on May 12.

Park’s Grand Slam represents the series of Park’s alpinist expeditions to stand on all of the 14 Highest 8000m Himalayan peaks, the 7 Summits, and the 3 poles. No other alpinists in the world have accomplished such Grand Slam before Park Young Seok. 

*Park’s Grand Slam Expedition

*The 14 highest 8000m Himalayan peaks

1 Everest 8,848m Nepal/China May 16, 1993
2 K2 8,611m Pakistan Jul 22, 2001
3 Kangchenjunga 8,586m Nepal May 12, 1999
4 Lhotse 8,511m Nepal Apr 29, 2001
5 Makalu 8,463m Nepal May 15, 2000
6 Cho Oyu 8,201m Nepal Sep 27, 1997
7 Dhaulagiri 8,167m Nepal Apr 27, 1997
8 Manaslu 8,163m Nepal Dec 6, 1998
9 Nanga Parbat 8,125m Pakistan Jul 21, 1998
10 Annapurna 8,091m Nepal May 4, 1996
11 Gasherbrum I 8,068m Pakistan Jul 9, 1997
12 Broad Peak 8,047m Pakistan Jul 30, 2000
13 Gasherbrum II 8,035m Pakistan Jul 19, 1997
14 Shisha Pangma 8,012m China Oct 2, 2000

*The 7 Summits

1 Everest (Asia) 8,848m Nepal/China May 16, 1993
2 Aconcagua(South America) 6,959m Argentina Jan 11, 2002
3 McKinley (North America) 6,194m Alaska Jun 2, 1994
4 Kilimanjaro (Africa) 5,895m Tanzania Feb 17, 1997
5 Elbrus (Europe) 5,642m Russia Jul 7, 2002
6 Vinson Massif (Antarctica) 4,897m Antarctica Nov 11, 2002
7 Carstenz (Oceania) 4,884m Indonesia May 11, 2002

*Three Poles

1 Everest 8,848m
2 The South Pole Dist:1,100km
3 The North Pole Dist: 775km

 

 

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