We estimate 5 -10% on the North side summits are
disputed. Five to TEN PERCENT!!!! The good news is that on the South side of Everest, so far, we still have
no summit disputes this year. On the North side, the disputes continue to grow
weekly. Some climbers have pictures of the "sky", could be the Summit ridge,
could be somewhere in France or California, certainly not proof of an Everest
Summit! Could they be on the "Summit" of Everest? It is possible, but did
they take any other pictures that day? Got one above the Third Step? Second
Step? We have seen pictures below the First Step described as "almost at the
Summit". Some climbers have no Summit pictures at all. Of course several
climbers in Everest history do not have summit pictures and the fact that you
don't have a Summit picture does not mean you did not summit.
One climber told us, he would give us one in 2 weeks! After
a little "Photoshop" one respected guide told us....
"Most" we assume summited, however, reliable sources are
telling us that the "numbers don't add up on several days". When? From the
first day of summits on the North to some days in the middle, to maybe
several at the end of the season...
The Summit ridge is NOT the Summit. Climbers need to come
clean as they are only hurting themselves long term. If your expedition
leader reported you, but you did not make it all the way, better to say the
expedition leader made a mistake now, rather than after others tell the real
story... Did some expedition leaders over state the numbers of Sherpas who
summited? We don't know.
Summit certificates were given out like water on the North
side. All one needed to do was ask, and you got one...
We encourage the press to ask for Summit pictures this year
from the North side of Everest. If you don't have a picture, then who can
witness your summit?
For those who have pictures of other climbers on the
real Summit of Everest on the North side, please
For those who did Summit, your help is needed if you want
your "Summit" to mean something. With so many disputes, there is no way we
can investigate all of these claims in a timely manner.
Earlier Update: We encourage all who summited Everest after
the Chinese on the North to publish a picture with the new "tripod installed
by the Chinese and the climber (either in the air or on the ground). We are
getting several press inquires. As we discussed in the "Official
Mt Everest Summits" article of last week, all of this takes time. We are
asking several climbers for pictures who have reported summits. We have many
more climbers to ask. Climbers can help one another by providing pictures.
This process will take several months to complete, we need to be thorough. How
can it be done quicker? Post or send us a picture with the Chinese Tripod and
the climber at the summit... If you don't have one, tell the whole truth and
explain why... Tell us who was with you on the summit and let's try to get
picture from those who were with you...
We are also looking for pictures from May 21st, 2005 from
the north side of Everest before the first few climbers arrived at the
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