Daily News: 3/28/2000 Report
- Everest Spring 2000: A New Expedition
Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:
The four-member team, the Canadian
Everest Expedition 2000, say they are not peak happy. Technically, they are highly
skilled. Mentally, they are driven by passion, but they won't take unnecessary risks just
to make the summit. Team leader Ben Webster, 36, said he wanted a team that would
focus on the process during the lengthy Everest climb, and not just on the summit awaiting
them. Physically and mentally, the team is prepared to greet Everest. With a variety of
ascents tucked into the teams' climbing history, they have a lot of successful highlights
to refer back to. However, the team does not have much H.A. experience. Webster
exudes bountiful energy that seems to permeate to others around him. This added to his
zest for mountaineering makes his natural leadership skills apparent.
In his 20 years as a professional
adventure guide and instructor, Webster has filled his spare time with climbing, kayaking
and snowboarding. Along with his summit of Africa's highest peak, Kilimanjaro,
Webster reached the peak of Mt Illiampu in Boliva at 20,000 feet. Also accredited to
Webster is the first ascent of the Southwest Ridge of Mt. Thor in the Arctic Circle. In
1988 Webster achieved a winter ascent of Mt. Bhagirathi, located in India. With dozens of
ascents stretching from the Alps and the Andes to the Himalayas and the Rockies, Webster,
a Toronto native, is the leader of the Canadian Everest Expedition 2000.
His team members include Benoit
Robitaille, Francois Bédard and Claude Bérubé, all members of the
Fédération québécoise de la montagne et de l'escalade (Quebec Federation of Mountains
and Climbing.) Team member Bérubé, 45, of Lac St. Charles, Que. is well known in the
climbing world. He is known for his technical expertise and a long list of impressive
climbs. Bérubé was the first to summit the southwest pillar on Mt. Thor and the East
Ridge on Mt. Mjolnir in Baffin Island. He is also known for his climbing Mt. McKinley in
Alaska and Mt. Steele in the Yukon. He is owner of APIC, a company specializing in
designing and building artificial climbing walls. Benoit Robitaille of Beauport, Que. has
welcomed various climbing challenges throughout Quebec and the Canadian and American
Rockies. Both he and team member Francois Bedard reached 19,550 feet on Mt. Logan and on
22,831 feet on Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina. Bédard, 28, who is a motivational speaker, has
also summited Mt. McKinley in Alaska twice.
The climbers are accompanied by
sports psychologist Sean Egan, who is studying the mental strain on the climbers, and Dr.
Max Buxton, who will provide medical services at base camp.
Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:
The Canadian Everest Expedition
2000 is preparing to head to Lukla, a stopover en route to Base Camp. This expedition will
be a featured Expedition on EverestNews.com, so expect more on them soon.
You can get full details at the
Canadian Everest Expedition 2000's official website -- http://www.canoe.ca/Everest/home.html
CANOE claims "Canada's largest
Internet news service with well over one million unique users each month and more than 75
million page views." "Our focus is on Canadian sports, entertainment, business
and general news. We also have growing travel, life and health sections. We've had sites
for many Canadian expeditions, including canoe trips down northern rivers. The Webster
site is our first for an Everest climb. Our main URL is www.canoe.ca
We get our news from our own staff, several newspapers owned by our parent Quebecor Inc.
and wire services. ", Canoe tells EverestNews.com.
- Other Canadians Expeditions: Review and Status
Seems like a good day to review all the Canadian Expeditions on Everest. All
these Canadians Expeditions are working with EverestNews.com this Spring 2000 Season.
Canadian climber Byron Smith and
his all Canadian Expedition: www.cbc.ca/everest2000
The 39-year-old who was born in
Winnipeg, Manitoba plans his second attempt on Everest beginning in March 2000. Byron grew
up in Calgary and now lives in Vulcan, Alberta with his son Zachary and wife Jamie. Byron
Smith owns and runs a car dealership in Vulcan and trains up to two and a half hours a
day, six days a week to keep in climbing shape. He will be one of the strongest climbers
on the mountain EverestNews.com is told by other veteran Everest climbers.
His Expedition Everest 2000 has
contracted Science Alberta Foundation to
develop a multidisciplinary education program for Canadian students. Students from
Kindergarten to Grade 12 will participate in a virtual field trip to the "Top of the
World." Teachers will appreciate the easy access to relevant, prepackaged lesson
plans and activities. Students will enjoy the innovative, hands-on format of the Everest
2000 activities. Each group of lessons will include geography, science, mathematics,
language arts, and physical education activities. This education program appears to be one
of the best ever offered.
This year Byron will lead the
expedition supported by Everest Veteran Tim Rippel, from Nelson British Columbia as his
cameraman and fellow climber. The Expedition will film Byron on his attempt in what is
hoped will be one of the better films to be made on the South Side of Everest. Byron will
have 12 Sherpa climbers from Asian Trekking on his expedition supporting the many
activities. This expedition promises to be one of the main featured expeditions in 2000
with many educational opportunities.
Current Status: Byron and his expedition is currently in Nepal
heading for Everest Base camp.
- Everest 2000 Expedition: Gabriel
An air-traffic manager based in Iqaluit is planning to
scale the heights of Mount Everest. Gabriel Filippi, 39, a mountain climber, would be the
third Quebecer to ascend the world's highest peak.
The highest peak Filippi has
attained in a quarter-century of climbing has been Argentina's Mount Aconcagua, an
altitude of 6,962 meters. He has not attempted any 8000 meter peak before.
The expedition will be led by Babu Chiri Sherpa, of Nepal, and will include three- four Mexican
climbers. The first Quebecer to reach the top of Everest was Yves Laforest, in 1991. Last
year, Bernard Voyer became the second Quebecer to do so.
Babu Chiri Sherpa who established
the world record by spending 21 hours on the summit of Mount Everest without auxiliary
oxygen in the Spring of 1999. He has already summited Mount Everest 9 times and this year,
he will attempt to reach the Base Camp from the summit in 16 hours, which would be a
Gabriel Filippi currently has left
Canada and is in Nepal.
His web site: http://www.everesty2k.com/
- Everest Spring 2000: Jeffrey Warden
A lone climber from Canadian
attempts the Summit from the South Side. His name is Jeffrey Warden, and he is from Winnipeg Canada. Below is a
picture of him:
|The signs on the one
read: CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE NOW AT UHURU PEAK, TANZANIA, 5895M. AMSL AFRICA'S HIGHEST
POINT WORLD'S HIGHEST FREE-STANDING MOUNTAIN ONE OF WORLD'S LARGEST VOLCANOES WELCOME
Click on the his picture for a much
Jeffrey has a long and impressive
climbing resume. Jeffrey does not have
a web site, but he hopes to check in with EverestNews.com with some reports from
Everest. More on Jeffrey soon !
Status: Jeffrey is currently in preparing to leave Canada for Nepal.
- Other Canadians Expeditions: North
Side only 1 ...
A French Canadian Expedition:
Everest Millénium www.everestmillenium.qc.ca
Four French Canadian Climbers take on Everest via the Tibet Side without the use of
Sherpas or oxygen. The climbers -- Bernard Mailhot, 39, Claude-Andre Nadon, 28, Francois
Loubert, 30 and Andre Laperiere, 45 -- are in Tibet, heading for Everest Base camp on the
North. See yesterday's news for more details. EverestNews.com
will reports the French News in English, check their site for French, pictures, video and
information on them here.
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Oiarzabal, "To the Edge
of The Impossible" or AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE in Spanish: Expedition to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory
and Irvine of Everest. This expedition is already underway.
Hoyland's Lecture "Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory" in the Baird
Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History.
EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Adventure
Consultants for Everest Spring 2000
Does Not Count for Records
ALAN HINKES TARGETS THIRD HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD,
KANGCHENJUNGA AS TWELFTH MOUNTAIN ON HIS CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE BRITISH RECORD
EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe for
Everest Spring 2000
Climber to attempt the Messner route on Everest
Change of Guard at the Khumbu Ice Fall
Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 insearch of the camera and Irvine.
headed to Everest Base Camp
Hemmleb Q&A Part 7
climber plans to spend the night on the Summit
Climbers prepare for Everest