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Maxut (left) and Vassily are fresh from a bold ascent on Everest. The two climbers were the first non-sherpa climbers to reach the summit this season. They topped-out without O2, and reportedly refused to sip gas during their descent, in spite of having spent over 48 hours in the death zone. Should they summit K2 it would become their 12th 8000er. Image courtesy of 7Summits-club (click to enlarge).

ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Posted: May 07, 2007 01:37 am EDT

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Kazakh climbers showed their true colors last week: Vassily Pivtsov and Maxut Zhumayev summited Everest well ahead of any other foreign climber and without O2. Denis Urubko reached the top of Dhaulagiri, after aborting his speed ascent to help another mountaineer. Most 8000ers are less famous but more dangerous than the big E and last week they claimed yet another soul: Italian Sergio Dalla Longa died in an accident near Dhaula summit. Spaniard Jorge Egocheaga fell into a crevasse there after getting hit by avalanche, and...

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