Korean Everest traverse update: Park and Sherap Jangbu descending - LIVE Contact image!

Posted: May 12, 2006 10:38 am EDT

Korean Park Young-Seok and Sherap Jangbu Sherpa are heading towards Everest's BC at the Khumbu glacier. The Pair summited Everest via its north side yesterday, and proceeded down via Nepals side with no ropes fixed yet above South Col.

Earlier today, a group of Sherpas working with Philippine GMA7 expedition (Romi Garduce's), left C2 and headed up in order to test Contact communications system, provided to the team by HumanEdgeTech.

Expected down today

Somewhere on the route, they met the Korean climber and the Sherpa, took some images and sent them live to the expedition's home team in the Philippines.

Park and Sherap Jangbu hope to reach BC today. Seeing the image, they both look healthy.

Oh Hee-jun (36) and Sherap Jangbu arrived at the top of Everest, via the North Col route, at 12:50 pm, May 11 according to Korean Dong-A. Park joined the two about two hours later because he had to care for first-time climber Lee Hyeong-mo (27). Then Oh and Lee returned to the teams highest camp on the North side. After spending one hour on the top, Park and Sherap Jangbu started descending toward the SE ridge on the Nepalese side. They are expected in BC today.

Park Young-Seok (43) has not only skied to both poles - he also climbed all 14, 8000ers (the latest summit being that of K2 in 2001) and completed the 7 Summits. As Mr Park used resupplies for the North Pole and oxygen on climbs, the next step in the world Grand Slam is to climb all 14, 8000ers without oxygen and ski to both Poles without support.


2006 image over Contact 3.0 of Korean Park Young-Seok (left) and Serap Jangbu Sherpa after a wild Everest traverse without ropes high up. Serap Jangbu also summited K2 with Park in 2001, witnessing his 14th 8000er. (Image courtesy of Philippine GMA7 team).

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