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  Who really summited Everest yesterday 5/15/2004

It was a wild night and a crazy day!


Ok, it was a wild night and a crazy day! Most of the climbers returned to camp 4 after 8:15 and others after 10 pm! Yes it was dicey!

The brief story

Kenton Cool and Clive Jones, (the two members of the Himalayan Guides expedition that summited) left camp 4 at around 9pm. The Chileans left camp 4 at 10 pm and IMG left camp 4 at 11pm. The Greeks left late, and turned around and will re-attempt tonight. Jeff Justman and Craig Van Hoy also started out and turned around, they will try again tonight too..

The Chileans moved ahead and their Sherpas were doing a great job fixing the rope and breaking trail. IMG Sherpas helping also. The Sherpas were did a great job ! Kenton Cool and Clive Jones and the IMG climbers, credit their summits to the great job the Sherpas did!

At some point, one of the Chileans' Sherpa turns back. Two of the Chileans slow, we will let them fill in the details, and the other Chileans wait for the others at the Hillary Step. IMG catches the Chileans at the Hillary Step. The Chileans go up the step first, but the groups get mixed up some.

We are told, but have not confirmed that Lama Jangbu Sherpa from the Discovery Team is on the summit waiting on them! Therefore, Lama Jangbu Sherpa from the Discovery Team is first up on Everest in 2004 assuming it is confirmed, which we have no reason to believe it will not be. Jangbu Sherpa is filming the climbers as they come up to the summit. The Chileans and IMG climbers arrive in the 1pm range. Kenton Cool and Clive Jones summited around 1:45 Nepal time.

So the Summiters known are: Discovery (1), Chileans (5 + 3 Sherpas= 8 Total), IMG (5 + 2 Sherpas= 7 Total), Himalayan Guides (2 + 2 Sherpas] = at least 20 Summiters

They leave the summit. The Chileans fall behind, with 2 of the climbers having a hard time. Everyone [Sherpas not considered here.] is late!

Kenton Cool and Clive Jones arrive at camp 4 at around 8:15pm. IMG ascent is covered exclusively by EverestNews.com, is detailed in several NEWSFLASHES by Eric Simonson.

The first IMG group of Dan, Ron, Brien, Jason and Karma Rita Sherpa arrived back at camp 4 around 8pm. Kevin was still coming down. Ram Baharadur, who had stayed at the Col to cook and melt water and be ready when the climbers came down, hiked up to meet them on the ice plateau above the camp with a well deserved thermos of hot drinks. Kevin, who was still on his way down with Mingma Sherpa, met up with Phunuru Sherpa and Tashi Dorje Sherpa (who IMG sent up from Camp 4 to meet him.) The four of them arrived at camp 4 at 9:40pm.

The Chilean group, we were told were behind the IMG group that arrived at 8pm. There was concern for the Chilean group. The wagons were circled... But the Chilean group made it down!! Yahoo!!

We will let Annabelle tell you the story! She will do much better than we could dream of.... Annabelle Bond, by the way, appears to be the first woman summiter of 2004! Annabelle was also born in Singapore, which means she could claim the title of the first person born in Singapore to summit Everest!

Tonight several other teams are headed up, the winds according to our source, is around 50mph. Not great weather, for climbing the world highest mountain... Here we go again !

 
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