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EVEREST THE 2004 WORKING TITLE EVEREST EXPEDITION: REACHES THE TOP


  The 2004 Working Title Everest Expedition today successfully reached the summit of Everest (29028 feet).

            Co-leader of the expedition, David Breashears, was the first to summit at 6.15 a.m., his fifth time to the top. The remaining team of thirteen people had all joined Breashears by 6.45 a.m.

            The group has been filming background plates and scenes for the last two months on the slopes of Everest for a feature film which will being principal photography next year.  Currently entitled EVEREST, the film chronicles the tragic events of May 10, 1996 when a brutal storm on the world’s highest mountain claimed the lives of eight mountaineers.

            The director Stephen Daldry and producer Jon Finn both spent the first month with the climbing/filming team on the slopes of Everest, supervising the shooting and gaining first hand experience of  the rigours and demands of high altitude filmmaking.  They climbed to a height of 20,000 feet. 

            Says Daldry, “I have been on tenterhooks waiting for this news for a week or so as the team have been holding out for good weather to get to the summit.  I was overjoyed to hear they all made it successfully to the top today and will be even happier when I know they have all made a safe descent.” 

            Breashears’ climbing team include: America’s celebrated mountaineer Ed Viesturs (co-leader),  who achieved his sixth climb to the summit; Veikka Gustafsson and Robert Schauer, their third ascent; renowned adventure sports photographer Jimmy Chin; experienced mountaineer and guide Amy Bullard; and seven Sherpa climbers who between them have now made 32 climbs to the summit.

            “EVEREST” will start principal photography in 2005 under the direction of Stephen Daldry with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jon Finn producing.  David Breashears is co-producer and second unit director.  The film will be released worldwide by Universal Pictures. 

            Stephen Daldry has recently moved into film after a hugely successful career as a theatre director.  His first film, ‘Billy Elliot’, won him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and his second film, ‘The Hours’, was nominated for 9 Academy Awards. 

Name of Summiteers May 17th

At 6.15 A.M.

1. Mr. David Finlay Breashears (49 yrs), Adventurer/Mountainer, Boston,  U.S.A

2. Mr. Lhakpa Gyalje Sherpa, (32 Yrs), Tapting-1, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

At 6.30 A.M.

3. Mr. Edmund Viesturs (45 yrs), Outdoor Equipment Consultant, Washington,  U.S.A

4. Mr. Eero Veikka Juhani Gustafsson (36 yrs), Kuunsade, Espoo, Finland.

5. Mr. James Chin (31 yrs), Photographer, Jackson WY,  U.S.A

6. Ms. Amy Bullard (36 yrs), Mountain Guide Bozeman MT, U.S.A

7. Mr. Hans-Robert Schauer (51 yrs), Filmproducer/Cameraman, Am Klammbach IA, Graz, Austria.

8. Mr. Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa, (40 yrs), Sotang-7, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

9. Mr. Kame Sherpa, (34 yrs), Kerung-4, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

10. Mr. Da Sonam Sherpa, (39 yrs), Khumjung-8, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

11. Mr. Da Jangbu Sherpa, (31 yrs), Khumjung-8, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

12. Mr. Dawa Tenzing  Sherpa, (28 yrs), Gaurishankar-1, Dolakha, Nepal.

At 6.45 A.M.

13. Mr. Kami Sherpa, (26 Yrs), Jantarkhani-9, Okhaldhunga, Nepal.

14. Mr. Mingmar Dorji Sherpa, (25 yrs), Tapting-1, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

Seven members 2004 WT Everest Expedition team was permitted to climb 8848 Meter high Mt. Everest from South East Ridge for the period of seventy-five days from 22nd March 2004 under the leadership of Mr. David Finlay Breashears, Western Ave, Boston, U.S.A.

             

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