Canadian scales Everest 2 years after aborted try

Fri May 23, 2008 6:47pm EDT
 
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A Canadian climber reached the summit of Mount Everest on Friday, two years after aborting an attempt when he and his team stopped to rescue another mountaineer who had been left for dead.

Andrew Brash completed the 8,850 meter (29,035 foot) ascent of the world's tallest peak after an all-night final push to the summit, he said on his Web site.

"It was a more difficult climb than I realized it would be and climbing all night borders on desperate," the 39-year-old wrote in his last dispatch from the expedition.

Brash, a teacher from Calgary, was part of a team scaling the North Ridge of Mount Everest in May 2006, when the group came upon Australian Lincoln Hall, who was thought to have died on the descent from the summit.

The group abandoned its expedition 200 meters (656 feet) from the top of Everest and stayed with Hall, who was alive but badly frostbitten, until a team of Sherpas could reach them.

A record 75 climbers reached the summit of Everest on Thursday, CBC News reported, quoting Nepalese officials.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Rob Wilson)

 
<p>The summit of the world's highest mountain Mount Everest, also known as Qomolangma, can be seen at sunset in the Tibet Autonomous Region May 4, 2008. A Canadian climber reached the summit of Mount Everest on Friday, two years after aborting an attempt when he and his team stopped to rescue another mountaineer who had been left for dead. REUTERS/David Gray</p>