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  Mt. Everest 2005: Numerous Summits Disputed


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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 E-mail us

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 summit...

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