Image of of Edurne Pasaban in BC some weeks ago, courtesy of Al Filo de lo Imposible/TVE (click to enlarge).
Image of Ferran Latorre prior to departure, courtesy of Edurne's home team (click to enlarge).
Breaking news: Spaniards summit Kangchenjunga - Edurne bags her 12th 8000er!

Posted: May 18, 2009 11:30 am EDT
( Story updated 6.30 am CDT) Spanish Ferran Latorre, climbing ahead of the rest, topped-out Kangchenjunga around 2:30 pm, local time. Ferran's mates Edurne Pasaban, Juanito Oiarzabal, Asier Izguirre and Alex Chicon reached the summit about two hours later.

Circa 20 people had departed C4 on Kangchenjunga at about 0:30 am, local time today, in rather strong wind conditions. News is expected soon from Mi Sun Go's Korean expedition, Kinga Baranowska, Alberto Zerain, Patxi Goñi and some others.

Jorge Egocheaga decided not to join the summit push, due to health reasons. He instead reached BCmidday today, showing symptoms of bronchitis but otherwise fine.

Nives Meroi and Romano Benet aborted their attempt yesterday.

Edurne holds the current female 8000ers record with 12 summits bagged. Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, currently on a summit push on Lhotse, might equal the number this week.