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.
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)
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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