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  Mt. Everest 2004: Norwegian American North Everest Expedition (NANEE) 2004 Summit Report


Summit Report: On May 20th 2004 the first Norwegian woman, Randi Skaug (44) summited Everest from the north side. -"It was technically easier than I thought, but even I tried I was never close to imagining how exhausted I would get", says Randi one month later and adds - "It was worth it." Randi joined the Norwegian American North Everest Expedition 2004, which was lead by Paul Firth. The expedition consisted of four members, three climbing sherpas and three kitchen staff.

On summit day, the weather turned very bad just below summit and the return was not an easy one. The death toll on the north side this year is the highest ever. - Under these circumstances, the presence and the experience of the sherpas was crucial. We are talking the difference between life and death. My sherpas were extremely knowledgeable and their command of securing techniques and behaviour in the mountain was very reassuring. The sirdar Tshering Pande Bothe and his sherpa Jamyang Bothe did an outstanding job under very difficult conditions.

Randi has a wide background from outdoor life - kayaking, bicycling, skiing, mountaineering, climbing, diving and sailing. In both warm and cold climate zones, in poor and prosperous areas of the world.  - "The mental preparation is just as important as the physical preparation. Of course, a certain physical level is required, but every challenge has its own specifics. You need to bring your head and not only muscles on an expedition like this", she claims. The hard part is actually for her to get back to normal life after intense focus on Everest both during preparations and the expedition itself.

Update: Randi Skaug reached the summit of Mount Everest on the 20th of May 2004 and is now: The first Norwegian female ever to summit Everest. Randi Skaug (44) said she reached the top at 11AM on May 20th. She summited with 2 Sherpas.  The two other expedition members, Truls Evensen from Norway and Paul Firth from South Africa, are planning to try to summit on May 23rd.

Norwegian American North Everest Expedition (NANEE) 2004
25. mars - 5. juni 2004

The team includes Randi Skaug, Truls Evensen , Paul Firth , and Peter Rzasa  base camp manger. They will attempt Everest via the normal North side route.

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