Image of Everest summit courtesy of First Ascent's expedition website (click to enlarge).
Breaking News: Everest South side summits

Posted: May 19, 2009 07:29 am EDT
( Story updated 4:20 am CDT) Surf's up on Everest south side: about 100 climbers departed South Col last night towards the top of the world - summit calls started some hours later.

Jagged Globe's members Doug, Bill, Nick and Wille were among today's first summiteers by topping-out at 7:15 am, local time.

Five members in First Ascent team summited at the following times:

Peter Whittaker - 8:00 a.m.
Jake Norton - 8:00 a.m.
John Griber - 8:00 a.m.
Ed Viesturs - 8:50 a.m.
Gerry Moffatt - 9:15 a.m.

They are currently on their way back to Camp IV.

Adventure Consultants team reported their summit live over Contact 4.0. "Passang Tenzing Sherpa reached the summit of at 7.30am, then at 8.00am Ang Dorjee Sherpa reached the top of Everest for the 13th time, along with Sasko Kedev from Macedonia," they wrote. "Not long after was Neill Johanson from Australia and Hamish Fulton from the UK reached the top too. Sherpas summiting in this first group were Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Sange Dorjee Sherpa, Pemba Choti, Phu Tsheri Sherpa and Kul Bahadur Magar."

"David and Carsten who have just summited Everest with Nawang Chongba Sherpa, Pasang Bhote and Temba Sherpa," AC's Caroline posted minutes later.

"You know what? Im calling from the summit of Mount Everest (cheers!!!)," SummitClimb's leader Sam Mansikka reported. "Im here with our team members; Dale Wagner, Richard Pattison, Vikram Sahney, David Fairweather, Thile Nuru, and Tenji (our super strong sherpas)."

"The route wasnt easy up here," Sam added. "It was a long and hard route, but we made it in pretty good time, despite all of the rope fixing."

"There are some clouds on the Tibet side. The Nepal side is much clearer," Sam ended up, before heading back down.

Peak Freaks' Tim Rippel reported earlier today on 47 western climbers and about the same number of Sherpas heading for the summit. Tim turned around and retreated to the South Col due to cold feet, while his team's members proceeded up. In his latest report at 7:00 am, Nepal time, they were at the South summit.

Other teams going for the top today were Gavin Bate's Adventure Alternatives, the Benegas brothers', etc.

Lhotse-Everest traverse - expedition's official website

Everest South side:
Everest traverse - Bill Burke's blog
Richard Hidalgo's blog
Singapore's women on Everest updates
Airborne Ranger Club of Finland
Croatian female Everest expedition
Scott Woolums' Adventures International
Altitude Junkies
Lance Fox's dispatches
Gavin Bate's Adventure Alternatives
Dutch Everest team- Bernice Notenboom's blog
Jason Maehl
Peak Freaks - Everest updates
RMI Guides/First Ascent - Everest dispatches
Johnny & Brian Strange's dispatches
Asian Trekking - news
Yuri and Laura
Nic Cunningham's updates
John Golden's dispatches
Billi Bierling - Everest diary
David Tait's dispatches
Adrian Ballinger
Alec Turner's dispatches
Megan Delanty's blog
Chris Dovell's blog
Norwegians Hjertnes, Jacobsen and Rambøl
Robert kojetin
German Thomas "Tomsky"
SummitClimb - News
Laserer Alpin
Iberic Everest expedition
Nancy Norris
Abramov's 7Summits-club
Adventure Consultants
Alpine Ascents
Benegas Brothers' blog
Kenton Cool's dream Guides
Kari Kobler
Atunas Taiwanese 7summits & Everest Expedition

Everest North side:
Czech Hornbein Couloir expedition - Libor Uher's website
Jarle Traa
Kanagawa University Alpine Club
Lee Farmer
Serbian Everest expedition
Manuel Pizarro - news
Gabriel Filippi's posts
World Wide Vikings