1998 American Mount Everest Expedition
Dispatches From Everest '98
Fully archived, daily expedition updates from the trek to base camp, setting camps on the mountain, and doing science on the summit. What it's really like from climbers on Everest.
[South Side Dispatches] [North Side Dispatches]
Quiet Hardguy Wally Berg
While other veterans of Himalayan climbing are flashier, Berg keeps a low profile, and keeps getting to the top. Includes streaming video. [Click for Story]
Interview Series With Brad Washburn
Streaming video with full transcripts of an interview series with Bradford Washburn, a legend in mountain geography and the man behind the science to be done on Everest this year. [Click for Science on Everest]
Once again, come with The Mountain Zone as we return to Mount Everest for one of the great adventures of modern times.
Below the South Col
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(photo: Lakpa Rita, Alpine Ascents)
Join us for one of the most ambitious big-mountain scientific endeavors ever attempted. In real time, with live audio and digital images transmitted by satellite telephone, we'll follow day by day, even hour by hour, the efforts of this hard-guy team of Himalayan veterans as they work up through the deadly Khumbu Icefall into the Western Cwm and onto the steep Lhotse Face.
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(photo: Burleson, Alpine Ascents)
Expedition leader and three-time Everest summiter Wally Berg heads up a small group of American climbers who all have extensive experience on the world's highest peak. Climbers Eric Simonson and Greg Wilson have both been on top of Everest, and science manager Charles Corfield is making his third attempt in as many years on Everest in the name of science. Sherpa climbing team members Ang Dorje, Lakpa Rita, Dawa Tembe, Nima Tashi and Ang Pasang have an incredible 18 Everest summits between them.
As with all great challenges, the outcome of the 1998 American Everest Expedition is uncertain. Berg and his seasoned team have been there before, they've been to the top, and they know how difficult it can be. This year, the ante has been raised: the challenge is not just to get there again, but to spend dangerous hours working in the most inhospitable place on earth.
This is the stuff of real adventure, where the stakes are high. Come with The Mountain Zone as the climbers take us to places we've never been before, not like this.
Peter Potterfield, Mountain Zone Staff