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  The Everest Fantasy Ridge Expedition 2006

©Chris Bonington

The Fantasy Ridge Everest Expedition 2006

An elite team of International climbers will attempt the last unclimbed route on Mt Everest.

“George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine first attempted to climb Everest in 1924, mountaineers considered East Ridge the "Fantasy Route" -- so difficult it can be climbed only in the imagination”.

ROUTE: When one views the route map on Everest, the Fantasy Ridge is unmarked and unclimbed. The difficultly of this route continues when one notes that after climbing the Fantasy Ridge, climbers must connect to the North East Ridge, which has only seen 6 summits all in 1995, with 3 deaths including Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker. The difficulty on the North East Ridge involves crossing the pinnacles on the North East Ridge with no place to go but up!

STRATEGY: An elite team of American climbers would lead the North East Ridge route and fix ropes on the pinnacles. Another elite team will attempt the Fantasy Ridge and meet up with the first team on the North East ridge. The two groups would summit together attempting to summit along the ridge route all the way up where ever possible. Elite Sherpa climbers would assist the elite American climbers in getting the job done. The Sherpa climbers would be "full members" of the expedition.

Santosh Yadav who lead a succesful expedition on Everest via the Kangshung Face, stated "For three days we poured over the map thinking: 'This way it is not possible. That way it looks impossible,'" she told The Associated Press

SCHEDULE: Spring 2005 or Spring 2006

©Chris Bonington

John F Kennedy said: "We are doing this not because is easy but because is hard."

Some have asked if international climbers could join this expedition. This noncommercial expedition is currently made up of elite American climbers. They would consider other elite experienced climbers from around the world. However, consider this climb very seriously, all climbers are expected to carry supplies, and help fix ropes, and take turns leading. The Sherpa climbers will be treated as full and equal members of the team. The Sherpas have said, "we will go but you must go first on the Fantasy ridge". This is an extremely dangerous climb where the potential for death is extremely high. The selection process for additional climbers will be very high and very confidential. If interested, you are welcome to contact us  

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