mountain climber Ed Viesturs today became one of only two non-Sherpa to summit
the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest for the sixth time. Viesturs
reported by satellite phone that he and climbing partners Veikka Gustafsson,
David Breashears, Robert Schauer, Jimmy Chin and Amy
Bullard along with seven Sherpa successfully climbed to the summit of
Mount Everest and stood on the 29,035 foot peak at 6:15 am Monday, May 17,
2004 Nepal time. Viesturs climbed Everest, the world’s highest
mountain, as co-expedition leader (with David Breashears) of a film project
for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures.
Viesturs, long considered one
of the world’s strongest climbers, reported that it was a “pretty spectacular
day” Viesturs also commented “We left Camp Four at about 10:15 pm
yesterday and climbed through the night. We reached the South Summit at
sunrise and continued on to the Summit where we arrived around 6:00 am or 6:30
am in the morning today”, adding “It was a great day, David and Robert were
able to do some filming on the Summit, on the South Summit and also from the
Balcony.” “That's the reason we went up today, not just to get to the summit
but also to get some footage and some scenic shots for the film.”
Ed Viesturs has climbed Mount
Everest five previous times including as expedition leader and cast member of
the 1996 IMAX film “Everest” also with David Breashears. Ed Viesturs has
successfully climbed all but one of the 14 highest mountains on earth, and all
without the use of supplemental oxygen.
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