by Carrie Adams

Noel-HannaUpdate:  Noel has reached the summit!  His fourth successful ascent to Everest.  Amazing job, Noel!

Update: I just heard from Lynne Hanna this morning at 9:30 CST that the team has left for summit about 10 hours of climbing now to top.

This morning I received an email from Lynne Hanna regarding Spartan Founding Few’s Noel Hanna’s Everest ascent attempt. “All going well.   Noel will leave high camp tonight 5.30 Irish  time for summit …” she told me.

Today, and in just one day, Tibetan climbers completed the preparation of the ascent route.  The rope is fixed up along the whole route to the summit and the way is open. The weather is also holding up, giving an excellent chance for a successful ascent and the wind is within allowable thresholds.

On the scheduled day for the planned ascent, it should not worsen. The whole team (8 members, 8 Sherpa’s, and also 3 guides) are now in a camp at an altitude of 7,800 meters. On May 20, in the morning, they will go to the assault camp at 8,300 meters. And tomorrow, the whole team should go into the assault of Everest. All are doing well.

Keep Noel and his team in your thoughts on such a momentous and courageous attempt on Everest!

Aroo!

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By Carrie Adams

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Noel Hanna

BREAKING NEWS: Noel Hanna, one of Spartan Race’s Founding Few, will be attempting yet another  summit bid for Everest with the expedition 7 Summits Club.  The attempt is scheduled for the nights of May 20 – 21st.

The Timeline:

The Chinese have promised to finalize the route and fix ropes up to the summit on May 20.  May 18, the entire group of 19 people pulled out of ABC (Advanced Base Camp) to the North Col camp at 7000 meters.  On May 19, it is planned that they reach the camp at 7500 meters. May 20 they will attempt an ascent to the assault camp at altitude of 8300 meters. May 21 they will attempt to climb the summit. Now all members of the expedition are preparing for exit.

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Noel and Lynne Hanna

Noel’s wife Lynn tells me, “Noel called me yesterday Irish time 3pm (10 pm for him ) and said his goodbyes.  Well, we never say ‘goodbye,’ just ‘climb safe.’”

Noel won’t be taking a satellite phone to the summit because he is guiding at least two people.  For communication they will have walkie talkies to stay in contact about weather and other critical factors.

According to Lynn, “If all goes to plan, he will begin at midnight Friday and arrive to the summit around 9 am 21st May.”  She adds, “This is a lucky date as he has summated  Everest twice  before on 21st May and Denali also 21st May.”

Noel will not contact Lynn again until he is safe below the North Col at ABC (Advanced Base Camp.)

We will be updating our blog but you can also check out:

www.7summitsclub.com

www.mounteverestnews.com

www.mounteverest.net

We all wish Noel a safe and successful ascent and look forward to hearing his updates!

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View from the Top: Noel Hanna

by Carrie Adams

On a Thursday morning, most people are settling into work behind a desk, looking forward to weekend plans and just trying to make it through the day. Noel Hanna, 44, isn’t most people. I received this email from him this morning:

“At present I am sitting at Everest Base camp in Tibet with 4 clients who are hoping to reach the summit. I have already been to the summit 3 times from both sides of the mountain.”

He then politely offered me a phone number where I could reach him between “2000hrs until 2300hrs my time if I needed anything. Noel’s days often begin this way, and that’s nothing new to the Northern Ireland native.

Recently, Noel Hanna had an ambitious goal. He set out to climb the highest peak on all seven continents. On December 22, 2009, at the summit of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, he reached his goal and earned himself a World Record for the effort. In addition to his Mt. Vinson assent, Noel scaled Everest, Denali, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro and the Carstensz Pyramid. He’s seen the world from the highest peaks on all seven continents, but he never stayed to admire the view. Instead, he raced down to sea level by running, skiing, biking, or kayaking over hostile terrain at top speeds. In the process of completing his goal, these peaks, he and his wife Lynne Hanna, an accomplished mountaineer in her own right, raised over 130,000 euro for UCF, the Ulster Cancer Foundation – Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity. You can read about his amazing, record-breaking journey on his website 7Summits2Sea Level.

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