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Everest wrap-up: Teams down, casualties reported on the north side

Posted: May 26, 2010 04:00 pm EDT

(ExWeb/Madrid) After a four days-long summit wave, Everest teams are on their way down the mountain - or already down the Khumbu valley.

On the south side, Sherpa teams are still busy dismantling higher camps. On the north side, Yuri Contreras reported on a Japanese climber lost on descent on Monday - and a second casualty today?

Spanish Pedro Garcia sustains some frostbites and was carried on a yak, back to BC today.

Everest north side

"Duncan Chessell, Katie Sarah, Rob North, Richard Moriarty, James Nettleton, Richard Agnew, Zac Zaharias and Chris Warner all made it to the summit (May25)," Duncan team Dr. Torrey at ABC reported. "Rob Jackson was not successful this time." All team members have returned safely back to ABC today.

Spaniards Alfredo Garcia and Pedro Garcia were helped down to ABC and evacuated from BC today. Pedro is apparently sustaining some frostbite which will be treated first in a KTM hospital and then once back in Spain.

Mexican Yuri Contreras reported he had been assisting two climbers, one of them with frostbitten hands - it could be Spanish Pedro, reportedly sustaining such injuries.

"A Japanese died after reaching the summit - we had topped-out at 6:00am; he summited at 2:00pm," Yuri stated. "Now we've just been told that another climber has passed away."

"All our members and guides are back in BC - the expedition's over," Abramov just reported. "Several people have already left for Kathmandu. The final result for us is: 8 members, 2 guides and 10 Sherpas on the summit. Thanks to the good work of Dr. Igor Pokhvalin, nobody is seriously ill."

Everest south side:

"Five out of our seven climbers topped out on the 'Big E' on the morning of the 23rd," Altitude Junkies posted yesterday. "Phil Crampton & Pasang Nima Sherpa summited at 7 AM; Jussi Juttien & Chheddar Sherpa at 8.12 AM; Anne-Mari Hyrylainen & Pasang Wongchu Sherpa at 8.15 AM; Ben Stuckey & Nima Neru Sherpa at 8.15 AM."

"Mike, who is a seasoned Himalayan climber and an Everest veteran developed a case of HACE at 8,700 meters and was helped down the mountain by several people." According to Phil's report, Michael needed two days to reach BC, from where he was airlifted.

Brits James Stearns and Fiona Margaret, US Richard B. Birrer plus three Sherpas (on their second summit this season) summited yesterday, according to outfitter Himalayan Guides Nepal.

"Members were instructed leave Camp 2 'very' early, well before sunrise," Peak Freaks reported yesterday. "The ice fall is proving to be very dangerous with warming spring temperatures. Tim reported that today there were two incidents: a sherpa from another team was hit (and sustained some broken bones) and a Mexican woman took a 30 meters fall with a chunk that let go. She walked away from it without injury."

News is expected on Chadd Kellogg, who aborted his speed attempt shy from the summit earlier in the week, but might launch another shot (it is unclear whether it would be a second speed climb or head up at a regular pace).

Further summit reports from previous days:

Md. Musa Ibrahim from Bangladesh, sharing permit in an International team, topped out Everest on 23rd May from the north side, according to Himalayan Guides Nepal. "All 26 members of the expedition including 14 Sherpas got to the summit," the outfitter website stated. "Besides Musa, six British, three Montenegrins, an American and a Serbian are in the team."

Links to 2010 Everest teams:

Everest south side

No Guts Know Glory

Ta Loeffler

Altitude Junkies

Anne-Mari Hyryläinen (AJ) - SkyClimbers

Patagonian Brothers - Damian & Willie Benegas

Albert Bosh

Colombian expedition

Chad Kellogg speed attempt

Mountain Trip

Peak Freaks

Alpine Ascents

Paul & Denise Fejtek (MT)

Patrick Hollingworth

Adventure Consultants



Elia Sailaky - finding life

Adventures Global

Malta team

Eco Everest


Mountain Madness

Expedition Hanesbrand


Dream Guides

Kari Kobler


Adrian Ballinger - Alpenglow

Michael Kobold

Himalayan Guides Nepal

Nepal Ministry of Tourism


Simone Moro

Finnish expedition

Cleo Weidlich

Everest north side

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Silvio mondinelli

Yuri Contreras and LAura González

Alfredo Garcia - La Rioja expedition

Hungarians - Dreher 24

Jordan Romero


7-Summits Club

Adventure Dynamics

Duncan Chessell

Adventure Peaks

Bill Fisher

Gabriel Filippi

Bill Burke
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Everest north side.
Image by Duncan Chessell courtesy Duncan Chessell, SOURCE
Mountain Trip team, led by Scott Woolums, put 7 members and 11 Sherpas on Everest summit on May 23rd, 2010.
courtesy Mountain Trip, SOURCE