West Ridge and Traverse:
20 was splendid but cold.
At 5:45 A. M.
Prodanov and Ringie started for the summit
without oxygen The Sherpa felt the technical
difficulties were too great and returned to Camp 4.
Prodanov, who had many fine solo climbs, including
Lhotse (April 30, 1981) continued alone. At
11:10 he radioed Base Camp and said he was at 8500
Everest from the southwest –
At 6:10 P.M. he called a second time to announce that he
had reached the summit where he found a pyramid of empty
oxygen bottles left by the Soviet mountaineers and the
red flag. He tore some small fragments off the
flag and like the first Russian climbers, he left his
8-mm camera to be used by the teams who would climb
later to the summit.
the sixth man to climb Everest solo [depending on how
one defines solo], the 13th without oxygen and the
eight to climb the west ridge (59 ascent, 159th
climber on the top). He remained on the summit for a
half hour and began the descent down the west ridge
proper, which had not been done before. At 9:10 P. M.
he contacted Base Camp and said he would bivouac
because of darkness. The following day, April 21, a
rescue began. Yankov reached 8500 meters at nine P.M.
but did not find any trace of Prodanov. Until 5:30 P.
M. that same day Prodanov had voice contact with Base
Camp although his voice was weak and the words could
not be understood. At 7:45, a click of the switch of
his walkie-talkie was recorder for the last time. No
sign of him was ever heard again. Meanwhile the
weather worsened. Yankov had to spend a sleepless
night at 8400 meters but returned safe to Base Camp.
On the following days bad weather kept the climbers in
May 1 in sunny weather a new attack began. Camps 4 and
5 had been destroyed but were reestablished On May 8
Savov and Valtchev started at 3:20 A.M. from Camp 5
with oxygen, finding a foot-and-a-half of new snow in
the gullies. In the afternoon the summit had begun to
smoke, a sign of worsening weather. At 5:15 they were
on the summit (60 ascent, 160 and 161 climber in
hierarchy). After 23 minutes they began to descend the
southeast ridge. Two hours later, at 8700 meters, they
decided to bivouac. On May 9 Doskov and Petkov left
Camp 5 and in the record time 7 hours 38 minutes were
on the summit (62 ascent, 162 and 163 in hierarchy).
They took Prodanov’s camera and the Soviet flag and
hastened to descend the southeast ridge. Soon they met
a member of the Indian Mount Everest Expedition, Phu
Dorje, who climbed alone to the top after the two
Sherpas who accompanied him quit. They then met Savov
and later Valtchev and with the help of Doskov and
Petkov, the two climbers who had bivouacked succeeded
in reaching the South Col.
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