On 16 May 2004, Andrew completed his second successful ascent of Mt Everest whilst filming a documentary for Discovery Channel. He and 5 other members of his team summited the mountain via the South East ridge in what Andrew described as “perfect summit conditions” with no wind, no cloud and mild temperatures. Setting out from the South Col at 10pm he climbed through the night, filming his own and other team members by headlamp and reached the summit at 9.15am.
Whilst his own climb was completed safely and without incident, Andrew and his team mate Hector Ponce de Leon, delayed their descents to assist members of several other teams who had suffered various mishaps. Above the South Summit, Andrew donated his third bottle of oxygen to a Mexican climber whose oxygen has run out, whilst below the summit he and Hector assisted 2 other Mexican climbers who had unsuccessfully attempted the summit without oxygen and become seriously affected by Cerebral Oedema. Finally, at the Balcony at 8500 metres, he assisted a British climber who had run out of oxygen higher on the mountain. Andrew sourced yet another bottle of oxygen and took it to the struggling Brit who was then able to descend safely. Andrew finally returned to the South Col around 5pm, short on oxygen himself but well satisfied with the day’s results. In all he and Hector effected the rescue of 4 other climbers on the descent from Everest’s summit.
The documentary will air on Discovery Channel in Canada in November 2004 – a 6 x 1 hour mini series that captures the emotional highs and lows of climbing the world’s highest mountain, as well as a close up look at the differences between successful, professional expeditions and the many others that Everest attracts. It will then go to the Discovery Channels around the world. Stay tuned… In the meantime, further details can be found on www.discover.ca and you can still read reports that were sent home from basecamp at www.algonquincollege.com/everest/ . Andrew is now preparing for his expeditions to Elbrus, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma, during the remainder of 2004. For information about joining his guided expedition to Cho Oyu in September/October 2004, see the Guided Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions page on this site or email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Andrew is now preparing for his expeditions to Elbrus, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma, during the remainder of 2004. For information about joining his guided expedition to Cho Oyu in September/October 2004, see the Guided Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions page on this site or email Andrew at email@example.com.