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IN BRIEF : Team to Climb Everest in Spring

<i> From Times staff and wire reports</i>

An international team of 14 men and women will attempt to climb 29,009-foot Mt. Everest using the classic mountain climbers’ South Col route this spring.

The 1989 American Everest Expedition will be led by Karen Fellerhoff, 29, of Bozeman, Mont., and Peter Athans, 31, of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

Joining the team in the assault on the world’s highest peak will be Peter Hillary, 33, of Auckland, New Zealand, the son of Sir Edmund Hillary, who became the first man to climb Mt. Everest on May 29, 1953.

This spring’s assault will mark the younger Hillary’s third Everest expedition.

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Also joining the expedition will be identical twins Alan and Adrian Burgess, 40, of Yorkshire, England; Glen Porzak, 40, of Boulder, Colo., president of the American Alpine Club; Tom Whittaker, 40, of Pocatello, Ida., director of Idaho State University’s handicapped outdoor program; Kellie Erwin Rhoads, 32, and Jeffrey Rhoads, 34, of Inkom, Ida.--both instructors for the Colorado Outward Bound School and accomplished climbers.

Other team members include Andy Lapkass, 31, of Estes Park, Colo., an Everest veteran; Steve Fossett, 43, of Chicago, a member of the 1987 Snowbird expedition; Martyn Williams, 42, of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, recognized as one of the lead guides in Antarctica, and Michael Reutersward and Carl Johan Lagne, both 25 and from Stockholm. Reutersward and Lagne have experience as professional mountaineering guides and are veterans of a Mt. McKinley expedition.

The South Col route the team will use was first climbed by the elder Hillary, along with his Sherpa guide, Tensing Norgay.


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