exploration in adventure and opportunity –
The American Fantasy Ridge Everest
CONCEPT: An Elite team
of American climbers potentially headed by Pete Athens (7 time Everest
Summiters) and George Dijmarescu (6 Everest summits in the last 6 years)
will attempt the last unclimbed route on Mt Everest.
“George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine first attempted to climb
Everest in 1924, mountaineers considered East Ridge the "Fantasy Route"
-- so difficult it can be climbed only in the imagination”.
BRANDING & MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
uniforms can be designed with sponsor logos.
· Sponsor of
the Progress tracking on EverestNews.com’s website with the possibility
of special school/education projects on topics like geography, culture and history
· Prizes for
competition – sponsor equipment or cash etc.
· Film- The
expedition plans to Film the expedition
ROUTE: When one views the route map on Everest, the Fantasy Ridge is
unmarked and unclimbed. The difficultly of this route continues when one
notes that after climbing the Fantasy Ridge, climbers must connect to
the North East Ridge, which has only seen 6 summits all in 1995, with 3
deaths including Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker. The difficulty on the
North East Ridge involves crossing the pinnacles on the North East Ridge
with no place to go but up!
STRATEGY: An elite team of American climbers potentially headed by
Pete Athens (7 time Everest Summiter), would lead the North East Ridge
route and fix ropes on the pinnacles. George Dijmarescu (6 Everest
summits in the last 6 years) will attempt the Fantasy Ridge and meet up
with Pete Athens' team on the North east. The two groups would summit
together. Elite Sherpa climbers would assist the elite American climbers
in getting the job done. Lakpa Sherpa, the only woman that has summited
Everest more than 2 times (she has 4 summits of Everest) would also
assist on the expedition.
Santosh Yadav who lead a succesful expedition on Everest via the
Kangshung Face, stated "For three days we poured over the map thinking:
'This way it is not possible. That way it looks impossible,'" she told
The Associated Press
SCHEDULE: Spring 2005:
25-Feb-05 till 10th Jun-2005.
FOR EVEREST Search
SPONSORSHIP: Naming Rights
naming rights if contract signed by December 10th, time is
of the essence.
· The expedition
will work closely with sponsor’s PR team to achieve branding.
The sponsorship fund is
used purely to pay for the expenses of the expedition. The sponsorship
budget does not include the following:
· Costs relating
to any publicity plan – hiring of PR agency, press conferences, media
and publicity events etc.
· Costs of
visual branding - logo, badges, banners, stickers etc.
· Costs relating
to any charity campaign.
· Costs relating
to any science part of the expedition
· Costs relating
to any persons traveling to base camp.
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John F Kennedy said: "We
are doing this not because is easy but because is hard."
time for American to regain its place in
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Mr and Mrs
Edmund Hillary with Lakpa Sherpa and her 15 year old sister who
summited Everest last year...
George Dijmarescu is a Connecticut resident, a
determine late comer at the fascinating sport of mountaineering, topple
Everest six times in the last six years. In 2000 he wanted to see how is
to climbed Everest without Oxygen and without any sherpa support, he
succeeded being the only Oxygen less summiter in that year on the North
side of Everest but like many others he believe that climbers should
keep their brain cells for themselves, Everest high and the third of the
Oxygen from the sea level justify the use of supplementary Oxygen.
Climbing Everest as a vacation and succeeding is for many, impressive.
Escaping Communist Romania
almost twenty years ago, risking being shot at the border, he claim
climbing Everest is nothing in comparison with escaping the iron grip of
Communism. He started climbing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire,
then he directed his attention to the higher mountains of each North and
South America, both climbed alone with little or no experience. While
mountains like Denali can offer tremendous personal reward both from its
beauty and its challenges, will never give a climber the experience on
how is to be at high altitude of Himalayas, its symptoms and the
isolation of a lengthy expedition. Everest was there for him to try.
The love and passion for
climbing made him to return year after year to the same location,
Everest. While summiting the tallest mountain will give anyone a special
feeling, summiting multiple times will make one only proud of the
George believe that the future
of high altitude climbing will rest with new, technically challenged
routes even repetitions of extremely hard routes. As we evolved and
become the new generation following the pioneers of American climbers
such was: Tom Hornbein, Willie Unsoeld, Barry Bishop, Lute Jerstad,
James Whittaker; on our turn we should not shy away from these
Lakpa Sherpa grew up
with her nine siblings in the Makalu region of Nepal, in an impoverished village at the
foot of the fifth tallest mountain in world. There were no no roads, no school,
medical facilities. A letter the Sherpa wrote with the help of friends
convinced the daughter of the Prime Minister of Nepal to train and
organize the first all-Sherpani Everest expedition. In 2000, as leader
of the all-female Sherpa expedition, she became the first Nepali woman
to climb Mount Everest and survive. She was the only member of the team
to reach the summit. Lapka Sherpa, who left Makalu on foot, returned to her
village in a helicopter filled with money she had earned on her climb,
much of which she donated to the people of Makalu. At a reception with
the King of Nepal, Lakpa Sherpa was awarded the medal of the Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu. She is the only woman to have received that honor.
Sherpa met Gheorghe
Dijmarescu in Kathmandu at a party commemorating her ascent of Everest. A year later they married and she joined him in Hartford. In
May of 2003, Lakpa Sherpa and Dijmarescu returned to Mt. Everest
together. Lakpa reached the summit for the third time – more times than
any other woman. Her brother, two cousins and her sister, who, at
15-years-old, became the youngest person ever to climb the mountain,
joined her on last year’s climb. With relatives now working on high
altitude climbs in Nepal, Tibet and Pakistan, Lapka Sherpa and Dijmarescu have
become the heart of one of the world’s great families of high-altitude
mountaineers. Lakpa Sherpa’s dream is that, through her mountaineering
accomplishments, she can raise the money needed to build a school and
medical clinic in Makalu so that her people can overcome the illiteracy
and poor medical care that have been her family’s greatest challenges in
life. In 2004, she summited Everest for here fourth time, no other woman
has summited Everest more than 2 times.
Peter Athans: Himalayan
Mountaineer and Motivational Speaker
Perhaps the most
successful and modest American Everest Climber ever, Peter Athans is
known in some circles simply as "Mr. Everest". Since 1985, He has
led 15 expeditions, attempted five different routes from the Tibetan and
Nepalese sides of the mountain and on seven occasions has attained the
summit, more than any other western climber. His most recent
accomplishment was leading the 2002 National Geographic Everest
Expedition, filming a special two-hour program celebrating fifty years
of Everest exploration to be released next April. Peter was accompanied
by the sons of Famous Everest Climbers Barry Bishop, Sir Edmund Hillary
and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in what is certain to be a memorable film.
During his frequent visits to Nepal, Peter has taken a particular
interest in the Sherpa people, an indigenous population of western
Tibetan descent who reside in the southern foothills of Everest. To
honor their contribution to Himalayan mountaineering and Everest
history, Peter spearheaded and organized
the 1991 Sherpa Everest Expedition and documented the event for ESPN and
National Geographic Magazine.
In December of 1997,
Peter was granted the David A. Sowles award for his dramatic rescue
efforts high on Everest in 1996, assisting two frostbitten and exhausted
climbers from Everest's south col. The Sowles medal is the highest award
conferred by the American Alpine Club, given rarely and only to climbers
who have distinguished themselves through assuming great personal risk,
sacrificing their own objectives and going to the assistance of those in
Everest looms from
Peter's resume, but his accomplishments on other peaks are equally
impressive. Over a twenty-year period, Peter has been active on each
continent, climbing, guiding and exploring. He has led expeditions to
Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Manaslu, K2 and has succeeded in forging a new
line up the rarely climbed south face and ridge of Annapurna's South
Peak. Peter’s rapid ascents of Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam and Pumori have been
remarkable in their lightweight efficiency and speed.
Peter is a member of
The North Face Design and Development team, guides mountaineering
adventures throughout the world and is a high altitude film-maker,
earning him credits on films for NOVA, National Geographic Society and
in the feature film, " Seven Years in Tibet". Peter is currently working
on an autobiographical project to be released next spring entitled "
Nearly Sherpa: Seven Summits of Everest".
George Martin: General Manager EverestNews.com,
who has successful organized the Ararat Peace climb to the North side of
Mt Ararat and the 2004 Mallory and Irvine: The Final Chapter expedition.
Together Pete, George and Lakpa have 17
summits of Everest, they will need the experience from them all as they
attempt what could possibly be the hardest climb ever undertaken.
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assistance for Gheorghe and Lakpa’s historic climb, please contact us at
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