May, 15. We are proud to report that the entire team has successfully reached the summit yesterday shortly past midday! Team pictures were taken on the summit of .... Kala Patthar at 5550m. Since we all were stuck at the Base Camp for several days in a row because of bad weather, all felt that something needed to be accomplished, a short break from the camp had to be taken, and some work must be given to our muscles which got way too used to tent-ridden horisontal positions.
Hense, we took a 1.5 hr hike to Gorak Shep, the last permanent outpost of "civilization" before the Base Camp, and onto Kala Patthar, a nearby summit offering magnificent panorama of the Khumbu glacier, the Base Camp and the Everest Summit, together with the North Col and the south Col of the mountain. A few minutes after we summited a strong winds from the nearby Pumori "blew" us down to Gorak Shep where we had a little celebratory lunch.
Now that the weather has stabilized (knock on wood) we are finally bound for the ultimate summit push. Needless to say everybody is psyched and is busy checking the inventory of everything one might need on the mountain. We are scheduled to head up the Ice Fall before dawn tomorrow morning (May 16), with subsequent stops at Camps 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the way to the Summit. Provided everything runs smoothly, we will be on the mountain during the next 7-10 days.
Today Seven Summits Club started summit attempt. Thay plan to climb to Summit of Everest 20 and 21 of May. 8 clients, 4 guides, 11 Sherpas and doctor went to Camp 1. It took 4 hours. The mood and feeling of all are excellent. The weather is good.
Tomorrow entire team will go to Camp 2.
Message from Alexander Abramov. A few hours ago, Abu Elmezov made a successful ascent to the top of Everest, becoming the first Balkars at the top of the world. At this point, he come down, have gone beyond the South summit.
Seven Summits Club warmly congratulates him on this achievement!
Alexander Abramov and the first group of 7 Summits Club’s expedition located in the South Col (8000m) and has less than 2 hours - 8 pm today (May 19) for Nepal (about 6 pm in Moscow) is planning to go to the summit.
The list of participants of the group:
Alexander Abramov (Russia) - head
Bobok Victor (Russia) - a guide
Khutorovsky Vladimir (Russia)
Karpenko, Andrew (Moldova)
Dmitry Nikitin (Russia)
RAVENSTIJN Erik (Netherlands)
MARIN Michael James (U.S.)
We are waiting for further developments and to keep kids fists!
Today the first team of 7 Summits Club’s expedition successfully reached the summit.
List of summiters:
Alex ABRAMOV (Russia) – head
Viktor BOBOK (Russia) – guide
KHUTOROVSKY Vladimir (Russia)
KARPENKO Andrey (Moldavia)
NIKITIN Dmitry (Russia)
RAVENSTIJN Erik (Holland)
MARIN Michael James (USA)
KARPENKO Andrey is the first Moldavian reached the Everest summit.
This morning the second group of 7 Summits Club in full force reached the Everest summit!
This group was led by legendary Russian climber Nicholay Cherhy.
These are the people who stood at the highest point of the planet:
SINGH Patrick Rajnaraine (Canada)
HANNA Lynne (Great Britain)
HANNA Noel Richmond (Great Britain)
Nikolay Cherny (Russia) - guide
Maksim Bogatirev (Russia) - guide
In total, during the 7 Summits Club Everest expedition led by Alexander Abramov 12 people reached the Summit: 8 participants and 4 guides.
We warmly congratulate all with this achievement!
In the course of our 7 Summits Club Everest 2009 expedition the following records were registered:
- Andrey Karpenko became the first Moldavian to stand on top of Everest
- Lynne Hanna and Noel Hanna became the first married couple from Ireland to get to the top of Everest together
- Patrick Singh became the first Gyuanian born to climb Mount Everest
- Nickolay Cherny for the second time became the oldest Russian on top of Everest
Today both groups are descending to Base Camp (5100m) for a couple of days rest and then will proceed to Lukla and Kathmandu.