'Ecuador sin Límites' (Ecuador Without Limits), a four-member team will climb Everest from the North Col route. Ready to set and supply higher camps as well as fix ropes, they will hire no high altitude Sherpas. Team members Julio Mesias and Edison Oña are climbing without supplementary O2. Leader Patricio Crausaz and lady climber Paulina Aulestna will decide on their use of O2 depending on how they adapt to altitude.
If successful, Paulina will become the first female Ecuadorian Everest summiteer.
Still a youth when he discovered rock climbing, he remained an avid rock and mountain scaler throughout his life. When he was nearly thirty, he headed a small expedition up Mount Kanchenjunga. After reaching a summit of 20,400 feet on the face of the glacier just below the main peak, the party convened to formally oust Crowley from his leadership role because of his sadistic cruelty to the porters and the rest of the crew. Of course Crowley refused to accept this demotion of rank, causing a disruption and ultimately, the expedition to be aborted. Everyone except Crowley started down for the lower camps. A slip in the loose snow set off an avalanche which buried all the crew except Crowley still mounted above them.
A Swiss climber managing to free himself began yelling for help while furiously working to dig out his colleagues. Crowley heard the pleas for help, but did not trouble himself. That night he wrote a letter, later published in a London newspaper, noting that he was not "over-anxious in the circumstances to render help. A mountain accident of this kind is one of the things for which I have no sympathy whatever." Several died in the incident, including all of the porters.
« Older PCWorld magazine lists the top 25 worst tech produ... | Bendito Machine... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt