Dr. Clare O' Leary is the
first Irish woman to summit Everest! And Pat Falvey is the first Irish climber
to summit from both sides of Everest!!
Pat Falvey, Clare O'Leary,
Sherpas; Pemba Gyalji (the expedition sirdar) Lamababu, Jangbu, Lhakpa and
Nang Chemmi reached the summit of Everest at 6.45am
on May 18 2004.
Clare O'Leary is a 32 year old doctor from Bandon, Co. Cork. She has
climbed extensively in Africa, Alaska, South America, the Himalayas, the
Alps and Scotland. A member of the Irish Everest Expedition 2003, Clare
reached a personal height record of 24,500 feet before being forced
to return to Base.
Update: They All made it !!!
The team have arrived at
the South Col and are presently resting before leaving at 5pm Irish time on
their summit bid. All going well their climb should take 12-15 hours
Dispatch 46 - May 17
At 5.00am the radio crackled into life. Tensing calling from Camp 2
Lowe Alpine announcing that Lhakpa, Nang Chemmi and Jangbu had
left at 3.00am and that they would call us when they arrived at High Camp
Wyeth at the South Col.
Clare, Pat, Pemba and Lamababu have already left Camp 3 Spórt
Corrán Tuathail for High Camp Wyeth.
Meanwhile, at Base Camp Wyeth, Adrian and Sheila monitor weather forecasts and
check power sources every few hours. It is vital that everything works so that
constant communication is possible with the climbers. There were a few IT and
Communication problems, but between Sheila and Adrian the problems were
overcome. Dawe and
Rinji have checked that the generator and backup generator are in working
At 12.20pm Lhakpa called Base Camp Wyeth. He and and Lamababu have arrived at
the South Col. They have erected the tents at High Camp Wyeth and have started
to melt the ice so that hot drinks can be had. Lh akpa also reports that
Clare, Nang Chemmi, Jangbu, Pemba and
Pat have just arrived.
The climbers are now going to eat, drink and rest for the next 8 hours
or so. The weather is looking good. Late tonight they will depart for the
summit. Sheila and Adrian will bring you more updates as events occur.
Dispatch 45 - May 16
Nang Chemmi left Base Camp Wyeth at 6.00am. He is the last of our climbers to
depart for the summit attempt. He moved quickly and was seen to disappear over
the top of the ice fall after a couple of hours.
Just after 9.00am, Pat called to announce that they were pushing up to Camp 3
Spórt Corrán Tuathail. Weather details were relayed and Pat signed off saying
he would call when they settled in to the next camp.
Meanwhile Nang Chemmi radioed from Camp 1 to say he was having a break and
something to eat and drink. We informed him that the others had moved up the
mountain, but that Lhakpa and Jangbu was staying to climb with him tomorrow.
Soon after he called to say he was pushing on to Camp 2 Lowe Alpine. Here
Tensing had food and drink ready for him.
Lhakpa, Jangbu and Nang Chemmi are staying in Camp 2 Lowe Alpine tonight. They
will leave at 3.00am and push straight through to our High Camp Wyeth on the
Clare, Pat, Pemba and Lamababu are also due to arrive at the South Col
tomorrow. All will rest there and hopefully will begin their summit attempt
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