Update: June 2 SUMMIT!
SUMMIT! It’s official. The first people of our team to arrive at the summit of
Chomalungma were Jose Luis Peralvo, Esther Colwill, Mingma Tsering Sherpa, and
Nima Nuru Sherpa. They stepped onto the top of the world at 7:37 this morning.
Shortly after Dave Morton and Danielle Fisher arrived, and by 8:50 everyone
was standing on the top, including Tony Van Marken, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, Kami
Rita Sherpa, Tsheri Sherpa, and Tshering Dorjee Sherpa. Once again cheers went
up throughout our base camp and congratulations went out to the summiters.
Words of advice from Willi were,” Congratulations! Now take your pictures and
get yourselves out of there. The weather seems to be ok for now, but everyone
is concerned that the winds might pick up again. We will be happy to see
everyone safe down to the south Col. However the word here in base camp is
that we may not wait until the team comes down to raise a beer in their honor!
Also on a side note, another Russian MI17 helicopter crashed this morning in
base camp (the last one was in 2003). The good news is that it stayed upright
and the pilot was able to shut it down right away. People were shook up, but
the word from the docs is that no one was injured. The big concern at this
point is that it had passengers coming up from Kathmandu who are not
acclimatized to this elevation. The helipad at base camp is now out of
commission so the plan is to have them walk to Gorak Shep where another
helicopter can pick them up. Today is their lucky day – it could have been
Add On (Typed in while waiting for the team to traverse to the summit):
From the Balcony to the South Summit:
2000 – radio call from the Balcony was at 4:30am; 10:45 am team turned around
at the South Summit (did not summit) - about 6 hours.
2002 - radio call from the Balcony was at 2:45; arrived at the South Summit at
8:30am – also about 6 hours.
2003 - no radio call from the Balcony; everyone at the South Summit at 9:45.
2004 - radio call from the Balcony was at 4:40am; everyone at the South Summit
at 7:30am - an amazing 3 hours (this team was really strong).
2005 – first summit team on May 30-31 – called from the Balcony at 7:30;
arrived at South Summit at 9:30 – 2 hours, by this time they were moving
2005 – second summit team on June 1-2 called from the Balcony at 3:00am, and
reached the South Summit at 6:30am – 3:30 hours.
And the actual summit times:
2000 – no summit
2002 - first to summit: 10:30am; last to summit: 11:18am
2003 – first to summit: 12:15pm; last to summit: 1:00pm
2004 – first to summit: 9:00 am; last to summit: 9:45am
2005 – May 31 everyone to summit: 11:35am
2005 - June 2 – first to summit: 7:37am; last to summit: 8:50pm
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