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Spring 2016 Round Up: Season Progresses Smoothly as Team Acclimatize and Fix High Camps

Except an unfortunate incident on Shisha Pangma where three climbers plunged into a hidden crevasse and two of them died, things are progressing smoothly on other 8000m peaks.

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Annapurna Summit Push Climbers on the Move; Fatal Accident on Shisha Pangma, Two Casualties Reported

A group of around 30 climbers have launched summit attempt on Annapurna. Tragedy strikes spring 2016 early in the season as two climbers are said to have died in a crevasse fall incident on Shisha Pangma.

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Spring 2016 Round Up: BCs Reached, Climbers Gearing Up for Acclimatization and Higher Camps

Majority of Spring 2016 climbers have reached their respective Base Camps and are set for first foray up the mountain. Annapurna is the only exception, where teams await a second summit window.

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Annapurna Summit Push Thwarted, Climbers Back in Base Camp

Weather window on Annapurna wasn’t good enough for summit, this time.

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Final Summit-Bid is Underway on Annapurna, Majority of Climbers Retreat

A small team of strong climbers leave for the summit, while majority of teams turned back from C3 & C2 earlier today.

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C3! Annapurna Summit Push Continues in Tough Conditions, Kuriki Nobukazu on South Face

The main group of Annapurna climbers reached C3 (at around 6400m) after a difficult climb from C2 (5700m), today. Climbers hope that winds recede by the time they reach C4 and the snowstorm doesn’t arrive till they retreat to lower camps.

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Annapurna Summit Push Update and Other Eight-Thousanders Round Up

Annapurna is the focal point of climbing action at the moment where climbers launched the long-awaited summit push, yesterday. Teams on other eight-thousander peaks have majorly been trekking and acclimatizing enroute to respective Base Camps.

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Annapurna Summit Push Launched!

Around three dozen climbers intend to reach the top over weekend.

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Summit Window ‘Hide and Seek’ Continues on Annapurna, Alex Gavan Leaves

Ambiguous weather pattern continues on Annapurna, as climbers are still unable to proceed with summit push and acclimatization rotations to high camps.

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Spring 2016: A Slow Start to the Season, Bad Weather on Annapurna

Annapurna summit push remains on hold due to uncertain weather conditions. Elsewhere, the climbing season is onto a slow start.

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Thomas Laemmle: Everest Alpine Style, plus Cho Oyo ski-down

No Sherpa, no supplemental oxygen, back to back, Spring 2016

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Annapurna Summit Push Delayed, Climbers Arrive in Kathmandu

Predictions about a summit window on Annapurna at the end of this week didn’t materialize, as snow and wind restrict all teams to Base Camp.

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Spring 2016: Time for Annapurna Summit Push already, and Route Challenges

Spring climbing season has just started, but its time for Annapurna summit push already!

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Interview with Muhammad Ali Sadpara (Part 2): Winter Climbing and First Winter Ascent of Nanga Parbat

About winter climbing, Nanga Parbat, K2 and choice of different route on summit-bid.

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Interview with Muhammad Ali Sadpara (Part-1): From Concordia to Nanga Parbat Summit

Ali Sadpara talks about his passion for mountains, the early days of his career and what motivates him.

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Winter Nanga Parbat: The Tale behind Tamara’s Retreat, Climbers on the Way Back

The successful Nanga Parbat teams have started the return journey. Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger are in Islamabad. Alex Txikon and Ali Sadpara should arrive here in a couple of days.

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First Winter Ascent of Nanga Parbat: The Bigger Picture

The 29 expeditions who apparently failed, basically played a pivotal role in putting the pieces of complex puzzle together.

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Nanga Parbat: Summit Pictures

Heads-up, statistics story updated with summit pictures

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Nanga Parbat: First Winter Summits! (Updated)

The task pending since 1988 has been completed by Alex Txikon, Simone Moro and Ali Sadpara at around 15:40hrs local time, today.

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SUMMIT!! ... Final Push for First Winter Ascent of Nanga Parbat (Updated)

Success or not, it’s going to be another historical day on Nanga Parbat.

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Nanga Parbat D-Day Special

Weather updates and Stats flashback

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Winter Nanga Parbat: Towards C4 and Setting the Stage for Final Battle

Despite the fear of an abrupt change in conditions and doubts about acclimatization level of climbers, the summit push is happening on Nanga Parbat.

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Nanga Parbat Summit Push Resumes: C3! UPDATED

Strong wind, yesterday, threatened to thwart the summit attempt on Nanga Parbat. Conditions, however, improved this morning and the climbers are in C3.

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Nanga Parbat: Time for Potential Summit-Bid

The weather window has arrived and the Kinshofer route climbers are on the move.

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Hardest Women's Mixed Climb by Lucka Hrozova: Photo Debrief From Colorado

The hardest women’s mixed climb ever and first ascent Saphira M15 by Lucka Hrozova

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Winter Nanga Parbat: Kinshofer Route Climbers Keep the Ball Rolling - UPDATED

After multiple rotations to C1 and a couple of false starts to regain acclimatization above 5100m, the Kinshofer route climbers are finally back in C2 (6100m). UPDATED

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Nanga Parbat: Daniele Departs, Tomek Returns and Strong Summit Wind

Off the mountain, there have been few developments over the past week.

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Nanga Parbat: New Team at Rupal BC, Bad Weather Continues

Nanga Parbat climbers remain in BC as hostile weather is expected to last until mid-next week, if not more.

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A Long Pause for Nanga Parbat Teams

A full scale blizzard – with heavy snowfall and winds exceeding 100km/hr – is about to hit the Nanga Parbat. With no respite in weather at least until February 4th, the climbers now fight bad conditions in BC.

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Winter 2016: It’s Over for Nanga Light Team; Tomek and Elisabeth Back in BC

Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol are back in Base Camp after a full day descent from 7200m. Meanwhile, Kinshofer route team have extended fixed ropes till C3 (6700) and there are reports of significant progress on Schell route as well.

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Nanga Parbat: Summit Push Update and an Eventful Day

Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol are back in C4 (at 7200m) after a tiring day on the mountain. It was a busy day for other climbers as well.

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Nanga Parbat Summit Push: Stats and Numbers

A historic moment is unfolding in the world of mountaineering

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Nanga Parbat Summit Bid: Tomek and Elisabeth at 7200m

Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol have reached 7200m on Nanga Parbat, and aiming to reach summit tomorrow or day after.

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Nanga Parbat: Tomek and Elisabeth Going for Summit, Progress on Schell Route

First summit push of the season is underway on Nanga Parbat.

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Bielecki and Czech Leave Nanga Parbat, Good Weather and Possible Summit Attempt

Things haven’t been moving as per plan for Adam Bielecki and Jacek Czech since a while, and the duo have now announced the end of their expedition. Whereas, Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol may go for the summit.

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Nanga Parbat: Unification, Progress and Bad Conditions

The climbers on Kinshofer route have decided to join hands and work as a single unit.

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Winter Nanga Parbat: Tomek and Elisabeth in C3, Challenges for Poles on Rupal Side

Teams on Nanga Parbat preparing themselves – acclimatizing and high camps fixing - for a potential summit window.

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Acclimatization Continues on Nanga Parbat

Each of Nanga Parbat teams is acclimatizing at its own pace.

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Winter Nanga Parbat: Route Statistics

Explaining routes taken by Twenty Five winter Nanga Parbat expeditions thus far, by data and info-graphics.

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Rest Days on Nanga Parbat after Initial Progress, Second Rotations Start from Today

After some good days on mountain, all Nanga Parbat teams retreated to BC because of bad weather. ‘Snow and terrible conditions’ are expected to ease a bit, starting from today.

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Nanga Parbat: Poles Revisit their Strategy, Others Continue Acclimatization

The climbers need to be adaptive and proactive on Nanga Parbat.

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Winter Nanga Parbat: Progress on Rupal Side, Arrivals at Diamir BC

After negotiating complexities of Pakistani bureaucracy, all five Nanga Parbat teams are up against the mountain itself now.

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Pythom Interview: Sung Taek Hong About Lhotse South Face Expedition 2015

Mr Hong is hoping to return to the mountain, as early as spring 2016.

 
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