Earlier this 2006 year, Autrian Christian Stangl's 2006 Elbrus speed ascent claim was posted on the website, Climbing Mag, Outdoor News Wire, Mounteverest.net, dozens more.
His only summit photo. Does not show any of the summit.
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There were suspicions. Also due to lack of any witnesses. Stangl was then challenged to enter the Elbrus Race by many including Dan Howitt of Portland, Oregon. Stangl promoted his involvement & was listed in the race list with his photo and biography and other record claims: http://www.elbrusspeedclimb.com/?l=en
Recent update by Elbrus Race organizers, Stangl drops out of race:
"22.08.2006 last minute info from Christian Stungl
> Thanks for your mail.
> I tried to start training few weeks ago. Unfortunately I got again some
> problems with my frostbitten toe.
> Looking forward to climb next year in the himalayas or anywhere else in
> the world again I decided not to take part in the Elbrus speed climb in
> order to recover completley from my frostbite.
> I am sorry to give you such an answer. I am very curious about the winner
> time this year in September. Please keep me informed!
> best regards from Austria
Climbing Magazine's Dougald MacDonald responded to the many criticisms of Stangl's lacking "summit photo" and talked with Stangl, Stangl saying he would do the Elbrus race.
Stangl also claimed an Everest speed record this year, North face without oxygen in 16 hours and 42 minutes from basecamp.
His summit photo (scroll down to bottom) http://www.russianclimb.com/elbrus_race_2006.html and [URL=<img src="http://imageshack.us][/URL" target="_new" rel="nofollow">http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/3316 ... anemt2.jpg">[/IMG][/URL[/url]]
does show the summit -- the concern is whether he did the climb without oxygen as he says. Many have doubted this believing he took his oxygen off for the photo, and used it on and off up to the summit.
Stangl's Everest claim has no witnesses, no timers.
Search the internet for dozens of publications and news coverage of Stangl's three record claims - Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Everest.
Conservative and leading company Team Kilimanjaro has REJECTED Stangl's Kilimanjaro record claim after interviewing Stangl and others. http://www.teamkilimanjaro.co.uk/christianstangl.html
Stangl reports time of 5hrs 36min 38sec claiming to beat professional athlete Bruno Brunod's record by a few minutes over this 15,000 vertical foot ascent (one way to the top) over about 12 miles, by just a few minutes over this distance. Stangl's various time of day reports and other factors have led Team Kilimanjaro to reject this record. Also lack of summit photo, lack of timers, lack of full witnesses.
Original Americas Roof coverage:
http://americasroof.com/wp/archives/200 ... -of-elbrus
"Claim of 5 Hour 18 Minute Climb of Elbrus
Christian Stangel claims to have climbed Elbrus in a record 5 hours 18 minutes.
Stangl Sets Speed Record on Elbrus
OUTDOORNEWSWIRE - Seattle,WA,USA
Austrian climber Christian Stangl set a speed record on Mt. Elbrus recently, climbing Europes highest peak in 5 hours and 18 minutes. Stangl started his ascent of the 18,506-foot mountain at the Azau ski area, which is located at 7,150-feet.
Stangl speed climbed Kilimanjaro (5:36:38) and Aconagua (4:25, from ABC) and soled a couple of 8,000 meters peaks, according to Climbing.com.
Climbing.com - Austrian climber Christian Stangl set a speed record on Mt. Elbrus recently, climbing Europes highest peak in 5 hours and 18 minutes."
No summit photo provided.
The photos are posted here, they didn't work in the last posting:
Everest photo raising doubts of whether he removed oxygen mask for photo...
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Elbrus "summit photo" not showing any of the summit. Many think cropped to cut out a background of not the summmit.
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