The Greeks from the South attempted the Summit of Everest last night
(5/15/2004), but were turned back by high winds. We have confirmed that the
Greek Expedition on the South side of Everest have left tonight to
attempt the Summit a second time.
The Greeks have 2 expeditions to Everest in Spring 2004. You might recall
Styllas aka "The Greek" from our coverage of
Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002.
Mike lives in Thessaloniki, Greece. He came to the United States to study. In
the meantime, he started guiding on Mount Rainier for Rainier Mountaineering,
Inc. An accomplished mountaineer, Mike has climbs on Shasta's Hotlum Glacier
Headwall, winter ascents of Mount Theilsen, North Sister, Mount Hood, and
peaks in the Chugach Range, the SW ridge of Mount Jefferson, 16 Summits of
Rainier from four routes, North ridge of Mount Stewart, the Mountaineer's
route of Whitney. Not to mention, he has 40 summits of Mount Olympus in
Greece. Mountaineering keeps him in shape for ultra distance running. He has
participated in Ultra marathons such as the Badwater 135 from Death Valley to
Whitney, the Iditasport 130 in Alaska and the Annapurna Mandala Trail 150
miler. He met up with the expedition in Pokhara after attempting the Annapurna
Mandala Trail run this March. He now goes for Everest!
Update 5/6/2004: The Greeks arrived early to
the South side and are about set for a summit attempt, on the North side, like
many expeditions they have only been to 7900 meters.
The Greeks: South side
Panagiotis Kotronardos (leader), Pavlos Tsiantos, Michalis
Styllas, Antonis Aantonopoulos, Giorgos Voutyropoulos, Spiros Soulis
The Greeks: North side
The Greeks also have a 6 member North side expedition. The
members include: Kostas Tsivelekas, Giorgos Argyris, Kostas Apostolopoulos,
Giannis Tilios, Petros Kapsomenakis, and Giorgos
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