B.C. man among dozens who scaled
Everest in climbing season's first weekend
12:35 PM EDT May 30
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - More than two dozen
climbers and their Nepalese Sherpa guides scaled Mount Everest over
the weekend, becoming the first to reach the summit of the world's
highest peak in 2004, Nepalese tourism officials said.
Mountaineers from Canada, the United States,
Malaysia and Greece were taking advantage of the first break in the
weather on the mountain this year. Earlier would-be climbers faced
brutal weather. Hurricane-strength winds were reported over the
mountain last week, damaging tents and blowing away supplies and
Four U.S. climbers, a Canadian and two Sherpa
guides scaled the 8,850-metre summit on Saturday afternoon, the
Nepalese Tourism Ministry said.
The foreign climbers in that group were Rauno Hoglin, a
46-year-old truck driver from Delta, B.C.; Daniel Barter, 49, of
Hookett, Wash.; Brian Sheddy, 34, of Walla Walla, Wash.; Jason
Tanguay, 27, of Tacoma, Wash.; and Kevin Flynn, 46, of Macedon, N.Y.
Reports from the mountain also said a Chilean team had scaled the
peak on Saturday, but Nepalese officials said they hadn't received
any information about them.
On Sunday, the peak was scaled by 48-year-old U.S. climber Thomas
Ian McMillan from San Rafael, Calif., helped by four Sherpa guides.
They were followed by Malaysians Muhammad Mokhtarrudin and Ahmed
Reduan Rozali, both 22-year-old students from Kuala Lumpur, and
their two Sherpa guides.
Not far behind were several Greek climbers and Sherpas who made
the climb to celebrate the Summer Olympics, scheduled to be held in
Athens this August.
Nearly 100 climbers and their Sherpa guides are on the mountain
to try their luck as this year's spring climbing season begins.
Since the peak was first scaled by New Zealander Edmund Hillary
and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, at least 1,300 people are
believed to have made it to the summit. Nearly 200 people have died
in the attempt. © The Canadian Press,