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  Everest two time Summiter Sergi Mingote Moreno summits "Tharpu Chuli"


Climber Sergi Mingote has made a new summit January 8, the "Tharpu Chuli".

The expedition has been successful.  The team has met their expectations: combine adventure and mountain with culture exchange, to take the name of Catalunya, the language and culture, in this case, to Nepal.  In their original plan, Sergi Mingote and Albert Barceló (TV cameraman) were supposed to return by January 16. Finally the return trip has been planed for January 13 at 21 hours. They will arrive to Terminal B in Prat Airport.  Sergi Mingote will meet there with the media that has previously requested to be there. 

Translated from Catalan by Jorge Rivera

Previous Update

Sergi Mingote begins a new expedition through Nepal December 29, 2004, a trip that will take him from Katmandu to the heart of the Himalayas: the Sanctuary of Annapurna.  The winter ascent of the attractive summit of Tent Peak (5,663 m), with temperatures near 50 degrees Celsius under zero, completes the new adventure of the climber. The name of the project is "Annapurna, the heart of the Himalayas". 

 

Sergi Mingote was borne in Parets del Valles, Barcelona in 1971. As a climber he distinguished himself in 1998 when he reached the top of Cho Oyu. Three years later, May 23, 2001 he climbed Everest via the North Side. In 2003 he went back and had another successful climb, this time from the South Side and making history.

In 2003 Sergi was part of the “Everest50” expedition, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Sergi was one of two Catalan expeditions. However, Catalan was also celebrating the 20th anniversary of a Catalan climber reaching the summit of Everest. Therefore, Sergi’s very small group: Sergi, Nima Dorje Sherpa and Thilen Sherpa were  televising the summit and the climb live for Catalonia TV3.

Nima Dorje Sherpa held the antenna and Thilen was the cameraman. There is no line of sight from the summit to base camp and climbing from the South side makes it even more technically challenging due to a topographical radio shadow. Despite the technical challenges history was made on May 22, 2003 when TV3 of Catalonia broadcast from Everest’s South Side throughout Europe Sergi’s successful summit climb. The connection between Sergi and TV3 lasted 8 minutes while on the summit of Everest.

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