Updated information: On May 22, 2003, Lhakpa Sherpa succeeded in summiting Everest for the third time, setting a world record for women. Lhakpa Sherpa was climbing with the Romanian Everest Expedition
2003 team, which included her boyfriend, George Dijmarescu,
a Romanian who has summited Everest four times. Dijmarescu filed email updates along
the way. Follow the archived dispatches from Dijmarescu via FRONTLINE/WORLD's
and stay tuned to this site for news on her return from the mountain.
22, 2003 - Team Report
"This is to inform that Lhakpa Sherpa and her sister Ming Kipa and her brother Mingma Gelu summitted on the 22 May at 11 am Nepalese time. George did not summit. ..."
22, 2003 - Three Romanians Summit
(General dispatch from the Romanian Everest Expedition 2003)
"... Three Romanian climbers summitted Mount Everest. ... Unfortunately ... George Dijmarescu
[with whom Lhakpa Sherpa is climbing] and doctor Sebastian Koga, had to get down from
about 8500mts-8600mts due to the very strong storm that started on the mountain. ..."
18, 2003 - Planning for Summit Day
"...Tomorrow, May 19th, the Romanian expedition will start its
summit bid with the plan for summiting on May 22. ... In my
1999 ascent I counted 12 corpses in my way towards the summit.
16, 2003 - Waiting on Weather
"...This waiting period is at times nerve grinding, however
patience is very important. ...We are playing chess, and backgammon.
Food is plentiful and of superior quality, chicken meat and
from time to time watermelon. ..."
14, 2003- Sherpas Save the Day
"... We lost several tents during the seven days of storms,
two of the tents disappeared completely from the North Col,
reports from various climbers tell stories how some tents were
rolling down the Col, but no trace of it at the bottom. ..."
14, 2003 - SARS Slows the Spread of Information
"...It is impossible not to have difficulties in this kind of
endeavor, now with the celebration of the 50th anniversary,
many countries, mountaineering clubs, commercial expeditions,
etc are poised here to top what Tenzing and Hillary did 50 years
ago. Lots of high tech tents, gear, and not so teck climbers,
trekkers, wonderers. ..."
Where Are They Now? ON THE TRAIL
OF THE INTREPID CLIMBERS
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