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NEPAL, Dreams of Chomolongma, May 2003


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The Long Climb Up

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Reaching for a Record

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 partner, Everestnews.com and stay tuned to this site for news on her return from the mountain.

May 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. ..."

May 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. ..."

May 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. ..."

May 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. ..."

May 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. ..."

May 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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