According to the San Jose Mercury News
, this was a good week to climb Everest, with 4 days in a row of good weather allowing 94 people to reach the summit, including 4 who set new records:
- Youngest climber to reach the summit: Temba Tsheri, age 15, May 22, 2001. (He previously attempted to climb Everest last year but turned back before reaching the top and ended up losing five fingers to frostbite.)
- Oldest climber to reach the summit: Sherman Bull, age 64, a physician from New Canaan, Connecticut, May 24, 2001.
- First father and son team to reach the summit together: Sherman Bull and his son Brad Bull, May 24, 2001.
- First blind person to reach the summit: Erik Weihenmayer, May 24, 2001.
Weihenmayer & the Bulls were part of an expedition financed in part by the National Federation of the Blind, who have chronicled their journey on the website http://www.2001everest.com/