'Five Climbers Summit Everest'
Chinese television is reportedly saying that five climbers reached the top of Mount Everest this morning. If true they are the first to summit on the mountain this year
Posted: 20 May 2003
Since we started compiling this story, Express India has also reported
that five climbers reached the summit of the mountain today.
According to this
story a French guide, a Japanese climber and three Sherpas
reached the summit at 08.15am today. Apparently Chinese television
reported the success direct from the team's base camp on the
northern, Tibetan side of the mountain.
If the report is accurate, they are the first climbers to summit
the mountain this year...
We reported on the potential snarl-up on Everest yesterday, with poor
conditions and a narrow three-day window of forecast good weather in
Looks like we weren't far wrong either. Everestnews.com's featured
IMG Expedition reports that seven teams are going to be aiming for
the summit on 22 May, which is Thursday. Expedition doctor, Deidre
Glabraith - a Scottish lassie who, coincidentally, we met while she was providing medical back-up for a Salomon X-Adventure event a couple of years ago - is quoted as saying that the IMG team is moving up to the
South Col tomorrow (21 May) with the summit push planned for the next
Reading through dispatches from other expeditions, it's clear that
conditions are still far from ideal with high winds at the summit,
leading some climbers to question where there will be a window in the
weather at all.
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