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 Everest 2005: Mountain Madness summits 14: Down to camp 2


Update: Hello this is Christine Boskoff calling from Camp 2. Today is May 31, 2005 - 5:26 a.m. Last night was a windy night at Camp 4 at 26,000 feet. This morning strong winds were on the summit and we were all glad we summited the day before. We descended safely down the Lhotse Face of the South Col for Camp 4. It was cloudy today with periods of snow. Everyone did their share cleaning up between Camp 4 and Camp 3, so the Sherpa team may only need to make one or two more trips up to Camp 1 or 2 to help clear the mountain. We will spend the night at Camp 2. Tomorrow we plan on leaving early at 5:00 a.m. for Base Camp. Since the temperatures are becoming warmer, it can be very unsafe moving through the icefall later in the day. We are all looking forward to Base Camp and celebrating. We are all having a great time. It is a great group and it is a pleasure to climb with these guys.

We will write another dispatch when we get down to Base Camp. We hope everyone is doing well back home and we say hi to everyone!

Update: A call from Christine at 1:45am this morning. They were at the South Col resting. Everyone was fine. Depending on how they feel they will head to Camp 2 today or all the way down.

Update: As per the report of Liaison officer and Team Leader, the following 5 members and 9 High Altitude Worker of Mountain Madness Everest Expedition 2005 team has been successful to scale 8848 meter high Mt. Everest on 30th May, 2005 at 9:20 am.

30th May, 2005

1.         Mr. Guillermo Benegas (37 Yrs) Team Leader , Mountain Guide, USA

2.         Ms. Christine Joyce Feld Boskoff (38 Yrs) Member, Guide, USA

3.         Mr. Eric Samuel Garza (42 Yrs) Member, Service, USA

4.         Mr. Dean Daniel Cardinale (36 Yrs) Member, Guide, USA

5.         Ms. Shaunna Marie Burke (30 Yrs) Member, Cruiser, Canada

6.         Mr. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa (26 Yrs) Sirdar, Namche-2, Solukhumbu, Nepal

7.         Mr. Mingmar Tsheri Sherpa(25 Yrs) High Altitude Worker, Jubing-1, Solu, Nepal

8.         Mr. Ang Pasang Sherpa (38 Yrs)High Altitude Worker, Jubing-1, Solukhumbu, Nepal

9.         Mr. Nima Unagdiki Sherpa (30 Yrs)High Altitude Worker, Jubing-1, Solu, Nepal

10.       Mr. Jangbu Sherpa (40 Yrs)High Altitude Worker, Jubing-1, Solukhumbu, Nepal

11.       Mr. Pemba Gyalgen Sherpa (31 Yrs) High Altitude Worker, Jubing-8, Solu, Nepal

12.       Mr. Chongba Nuru Sherpa (38 Yrs)High Altitude Worker, Chaurikharka-7,Solu, Nepal

13.       Mr. Lama Babu Sherpa (36 Yrs) High Altitude Worker, Bung-9, Solukhumbu, Nepal

14.       Mr. Nima Dorji Tamang (25 Yrs) Bagachol-9, Khotang, Nepal.

The Mountain Madness Everest Expedition 2005  team was permitted to climb 8848 m. high Mt. Everest from South East Ridge for the period of 75 days from 29th March, 2005 

The handling agency of the Expedition Team is Mountain Madness (Pvt. Ltd)   Kathmandu  Nepal.

Editorial Note: It has been reported that Shaunna Marie Burke was climbing independently. Details are not known to EverestNews.com at this time.

Update: Hello Everyone!

This morning at approximately 9:20 AM all members of the Mountain Madness team summited. Mountain Madness is the first team to reach the summit from the south side this year. After waiting days for a weather window the team summited in excellent conditions. They left the South Col last night around 10PM with a strong team of Sherpas breaking trail and fixing ropes as they climbed. All team members are in good condition.

Congratulations guys for your perseverance and hard work! 

Morgan Chessia

Update: Willie summited at 9.45am, no news on other team members... Yet

Update: May 29, 2005 – 8:00 a.m. PST

This is Christine Boskoff reporting from the 2005 Mountain Madness expedition. We are currently at the South Col and will begin our summit attempt shortly. Everyone is excited we finally get to go for it. We’ll be checking in throughout the day, so stay posted for more updates.

Update May 29th: Hello Everyone, The Mountain Madness team arrived at the South Col this afternoon with all team members feeling strong and healthy. The team plans to leave around 8PM tonight to summit Everest early tomorrow morning.

Best of Luck to Willie, Chris, Dean, and Eric!

Morgan Chessia EBC

That’s it for now. Cheers, Christine

Dispatches

Since 1994, Mountain Madness has led 29 team members on successful expeditions to Everest's summit.  This year's Everest expedition will approach the mountain from the Normal Route--ascending through to the South Col from the Khumbu Glacier, and continuing to the summit via the Southeast ridge.

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