Everest Summit (or not?)May 3 2006 at 1:47 AM
Denver Post, 4.19.06, page 1 & 8
Byron Smith climbed Mt. Everest in 2000 and reached the summit with 7 sherpas.
The Amreican Alpine Club tracks Everest summiters, and has put a "disputed" footnote next to Byron's name.
Byron has responded with a lawsuit, claiming his honor has been defamed.
Byron speculates that fellow expedition member is the one who has disputed his claim of reaching the summit.
About 2,500 have reached the world's highest elevation.
After putting together a $500,000+ expedition and battling 100mph winds on summit day, Byron failed to take a summit photo of himself.
The article goes into much greater detail, including photos and route map, and does not draw a conclusion one way or the other.