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Everest South-North Traverse:


Feb, 27 the one of the legends of Russian high-altitude sport Ural climber Yuri Ermachek confirmed that his expedition really will begin soon. He wants to do Everest traverse from South to North by classic routes. Without oxygen. This'll be the 8-members Polish expedition "FALVIT Everest Expedition 2006". Leader - Boguslav Ogrodnik. Two of members won't go traverse and will join Alexander Abramov's team. They'll set the tents for traverse climbers and meet them at the North side.

The ascent through the South Col and descent to Tibet via the North-East Ridge is very difficult task. The strong storm winds blow usually during all the April-May season, and climbers wait good weather for monthes. It lasts 2-3 days only, and all climbers begin to run to the summit in these days. Who hasn't descended in time have the risk to die at the Mt. Everest. So, to summit from South Col and have enough time to descent to North Col - that's not easy goal, especially without oxygen.

Bergson company equipment sponsor of the expedition (www.bergson.pl). Cho Oyu Trekking agency will provide expedition in Kathmandu. Info support: Polish TV channel TVN. Famous Polish journalist Martina Voitcehovska are the expedition member, and if success, she may became the third POlish woman who reached Everest top.

Russianclimb will follow the expedition news.

The first Everest traverse was in 1963. An American expedition led by K. Direnfurt. Two climbers - Willy Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein summited Everest via West Ridge and descended via South classic route. Unfortunately, their success was not as great as could: one of the other members of the expedition died at Khumbu icefall.


Lhotse slope. Lhotse Middle expedition

Yuri. Lhotse Middle expedition

Everest. Lhotse Middle expedition

Yuri lives in Yekaterinburg.

Some of his expeditions:

The first ascent of the North-West Face of Gorky Peak (6010m)

Lhotse Middle (8414 m)


Everest North Face

He was awarded by PIolet D'Or for Makalu West Face climb in 1997.