Sarkar, a long EverestNews.com reader and a reporter in India, has asked
us to help with the P N Ganesh
Everest Summit. P N Ganesh Summit has been a source of
controversy in India Newspapers.
Sudeshna Sarkar: This year,
EverestNews.com mentioned something about 15 percent of the summit claims via
Tibet has been disputed. What is the reason?
A. EverestNews.com: The
climbers state because of the high wind conditions did not allow many to get
good summit pictures. We would add that "politics" of Everest played a part
Sudeshna Sarkar: How did
the dispute over Ganesh's claim reach EverestNews.com?
We received several e-mails from people unknown to EverestNews.com and of
course saw the newspapers articles from India. The number of e-mails we
receive on P N Ganesh
Everest Summit was strange.
However, to date, no climber that summited on June 3rd has disputed
P N Ganesh Everest Summit to
Sudeshna Sarkar: What is
your verdict? How did you reach the decision?
A. EverestNews.com: Today,
our verdict is that he will be listed on our list along with the hundreds of
others without a definitive summit picture based on his word. The list is
always subject to change based on new evidence. No climber who summited on
June 3rd, has disputed his summit to EverestNews.com, therefore we have no
reason to doubt this word. Rumors and gossip is not evidence at
Sudeshna Sarkar: Did Ganesh
approach you for arbitration? Are you going to inform him?
A. EverestNews.com: To our
knowledge we have not had direct contract with Ganesh, however we receive
1000's of e-mails daily. We do not have his direct contact information, only
his agent's information.
Sudeshna Sarkar: The Karnataka
police did approach you on this issue. Is it unusual to get this kind of
A. EverestNews.com: Yes,
and Yes. The number of people who approached of on the issue is unusual and
Sudeshna Sarkar: Will your
verdict be accepted by the mountaineering community?
A. EverestNews.com: The
community" is hard to definite and if you could EVER get everyone to agree on
one opinion, then you get a solid Gold Star!
The best thing Ganesh could
probably do based on the
controversy in India is try to get a definitive summit picture from others who
were up there that day. Even pictures above the Second or Third Step would be
very helpful.... Some climbers who apparently do not have "definitive summit
pictures" from 2005 have submitted pictures from above the Second Step, while
not definitive summit pictures, it at least is evidence they made it that
Sudeshna Sarkar: EverestNews.com
also mentioned it would post a report about another controversy --
something to do with the missing Indian Air Force climber SS Chaithanya, who
went missing. What exactly is the controversy?
A. EverestNews.com: We are
working with SS
Chaithanya wife. There is much more work to do and we will inform SS
Chaithanya wife before releasing any information, therefore we will need not
to comment for now. Look for a report in 4-6 months. We will state ii is clear
that SS Chaithanya was using Poisk Oxygen when he summited and not
SummitOxygen as has been falsely reported.
CONGRATULATIONS!! We extend our hearty congratulations to Mr. Padubidre Nagesh
Rao Ganesh (India) & Mr. Martin (Poland) [unsure?] on their successful ascent of the 8848 m. Mt. Everest via
North Col on 03rd June. We wish them all the best and pray for their success
today & forever. Mr. Bal Kumar Basnet & Parikrama Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd.
family. Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
EverestNews.com has received several
requests for EverestNews.com to "confirm" his summit. We have no
information today of anyone disputing his summit, however as far as
confirming his summit. We have no information today, confirming his summit. We
have asked for more detailed pictures from his agent. We have no information
today to say his "word" is not true. See the article on
Mt Everest Summits.
received information from P N Ganesh and his agency that he has summited Mt
Everest on 3rd June Morning (at 12 pm Tibet time). He was present there for 8
mins and took snaps. He is currently back in Kathmandu.
More Information from his
agent: First of all a
'Hearty Congratulations' to all of you there for working hard on Mr. P.N.
Ganesh's expedition. Let me take this opportunity to inform you that Mr.
Ganesh successfully summited Mt. Everest on 3rd of June at 12:00 P.M. which
certainly is a great news for all of us. I must say the hard work & effort put
in his trip has been fruitful. We were not able to get this news earlier due
to lack of communication which barred us from getting the news. Anyway once
He has also
obtained a certificate from TMA for his summit. He will also be able to
provide you with some summit photos. I request you to announce this on your
website as this is a matter
for all of us. Ganesh becomes the 2nd summitter after SS
summitter went missing) from South India (and the Indian state of Karnataka)
to summit Mt Everest.
EverestNews.com even received a letter
from the State Police in India.
General & Inspector General of Police,
Nrupathunga Road, Bangalore-560 001.
Information about Shri. P.N. Ganesh
* * *
We from Karnataka State Police, Karnataka, India request to confirm about the
claim of Sri. P.N. Ganesh, member of “Everest Expeditions in Spring-2005”,
organized by Parikrama Treks and Expeditions (P) Ltd., from March 29th to June
3rd 2005 having summited Everest at 10 am on 3rd June 2005 or thereafter and
also requested to reply back at the earliest.
General of Police,
to all interested, we will
follow up and see what we can find. Hopefully other climbers have pictures on
the summit that can be used for confirmation.
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