Ihnken stops short of summit | SummitDaily.com

Ihnken stops short of summit

MOUNT EVEREST – Colleen Ihnken did not see the view from the top of the world yesterday, but she came very close.

Ihnken was part of a Global Extremes team attempting to summit Mount Everest May 23 (Thursday in Summit County), but she turned around before reaching the top.

“Everyone on the Global Extremes expedition will miss Colleen, who decided not to make the summit attempt, but we admire her courage for coming as far as she did,” Chris Warner, the team’s lead guide, said Thursday in an online dispatch at http://www.olntv.com.

None of her teammates reached the summit yesterday, either, however. They reportedly abandoned their attempt when Warner decided to dedicate the team’s resources toward a rescue operation instead of a summit push, but details could not be confirmed.

Particulars of the situation weren’t clear as of press time Thursday, except that the team spent Wednesday night (local time) at 27,400-feet at the Everest High Camp on the Northeast Ridge. Thursday morning, they had planned to attempt the summit.

All team members are reportedly OK, but it’s not clear how the team will proceed at this point.

Of the five “amateur” athletes selected for the Everest team based on a series of qualifying events, now only three remain in the hunt for the summit: Ted Mahon of Aspen, Jesse Rickert of Gunnison and Petit Pinson of Three Rivers, Calif.

Mahon, Rickert and Pinson are accompanied on the mountain by Warner, cameramen and guides Mark Whetu, Jake Norton and Mike Brown, as well as five Sherpa guides: Loppasang, Chhuldim, Karssang, Phuru and Lapka.

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