Nives Meroi and Romano Benet summited Dhaulagiri today at 1:40 pm. The couple is currently spending the night in C2. Dhaulagiri is the 8th 8000er for both Nives and Romano. IMage of Nives at 7000m on Dhaula two weeks ago, courtesy of the expedition's team (click to enlarge).
File image of Soria on Dhaulagiri in 2006.
Image by Carlos Soria courtesy Carlos Soria
"This morning I reached C3 very quickly. After 40 minutes of rest, I proceeded up towards C4. It was incredibly hot and my backpack was very heavy. After having my deposit stolen before, I am taking everything up with me." Image courtesy of Simone Moro (click to enlarge).
Ivan Vallejo was rather depressed in BC after a failed attempt on Kangchenjunga which included a night as cold as the image shows. However, supportive emails have helped him to give the mountain another try. Image courtesy of Ivan (click to enlarge).
A very hot day at C1 even had the Sherpas complaining - we headed up to the ice cliff which marks the halfway point to C2, reported DCXP team leader Tarn. Live image over Contact 4.0 of team member Cristian above C1, courtesy of DCXP team.
Himalaya wrap-up: SUMMITS on Manaslu and Dhaulagiri - Nives Meroi's number 7, Bogomolov, Tortladze

Posted: May 17, 2006 07:38 pm EDT
(MountEverest.net) There is summit news on Manaslu and Dhaulagiri, and more pushes underway on Dhaula and Kangchenjunga, which could end up in success as soon as tomorrow. Simone Moro is also progressing very fast on Lhotse despite climbing with a very heavy backpack, which he doesnt dare to leave in a cache anymore, since he had his gear stolen last week.

Manaslu

Bogomolov and Torladze: Summit!

Russian Serguey Bogomolov and Georgian Gia Tortladze summited Manaslu earlier today. They will report further details once they reach back BC.

Dhaulagiri

Nives Meroi and Romano Benet: Summit!

Nives Meroi and Romano Benet summited Dhaulagiri today at 1:40 pm. Previously the pair reached the false summit where they turned back last year. Not being sure of which was the real summit, they crossed the entire summit ridge, Nives sister Leyla told PlanetMountains Manuel Lugli.

The couple is currently spending the night in C2. Dhaulagiri is the 7th 8000er (plus Shisha central) for both Nives and Romano.

Carlos Soria + Palencia + Dutch: C2, C3, and proceeding

Carlos reached C2 (6.850m) yesterday. He is strong and keeping a good pace. Weather forecasts are also good, despite in fact the wind blew without stop yesterday. Angel and Tente, from Palencia team, reported today from C3, which they reached in high wind conditions. The Dutch team members have also reached C3.

Kangchenjunga

Ivan Vallejo: Summit tomorrow?

Cheered up by dozens of supporting emails, Ecuadorian Ivan Vallejo (seemingly with other climbers) has launched a new summit push. He hopes to reach the top tomorrow.

Lhotse

Simone: Almost C4

Yesterday I set off from BC and reached camp 2 as planned. This morning I reached C3 very quickly. After 40 minutes of rest, I proceeded up towards C4. It was incredibly hot and my backpack was very heavy. After having my deposit stolen before, I am taking everything up with me.

I could have reached Camp 4 at 8000m, but I also understood the effort would get me too tired tomorrow. Thus, at 7600m I turned around and returned to C3. I will decide tomorrow what to do.

Mario Merelli: Everybody up

Silvio, Marco, Cristina, and Giampaolo left BC under a splendid moon towards C2, reported Mario Merellis wife Patricia, currently in BC. BC was quiet, since most of the climbers are up on their summit bids. Tomorrow traffic jams can be expected at the Hillary Step.

Around BC I met Fabio Meraldi e Diego Giovannini. We ate together but tomorrow is their great day: They are attempting a non-stop climb on Pumori.

Annapurna

Young Kazakh guns: Going up

Maxut Zhumayev and Vassily Pivtsov set Camp 3 at 6650 m today. The pair has reported on being alone on the route theyre climbing. They have not yet specified which route they are climbing though.

Makalu

Italians: The window will open

Strong wind has prevented the Italian joined teams to reach the summit. Theyre currently back in BC, but nevertheless feeling optimist. Weather forecasts show weather improving through the next days, and soon theyll go up again.

Cho Oyu

DCXP: Halfway to C2

A very hot day at C1 even had the Sherpas complaining - we headed up to the ice cliff which marks the halfway point to C2, reported team leader Tarn.

This gave the team their first taste of fixed lines using jumars and crampons to ascend. There is kilometers of fixed line this year as a very big Indian team has 16 Sherpas working the mountain . All of us continue to struggle with the thin air and are quickly learning that climbing this mountain will require loads of mental stamina.

Links to teams on Himalayan 8000ers:
Ralf's Amical (German) | Ralf & Gerlinde's expedition blog | Andrew Lock | Ivan Vallejo | Norbert Joos Kangchenjunga dispatches (German) | Joao Kangchenjungas blog | Simone Moro | Mario Merelli | Norwegian Lhotse | Chilean Lhotse | Tunc Findic (Turkish) | Italian Makalu team (Italian) | Italian D. Nardis Makalu dispatches (Italian) | Czerwinska & Natkanskis Makalu Entre.Pl Xpedition | Valeri Babanov | IƱaki Ochoa (Spanish) | Manaslu Adventure Train German team (German) | Nives Meroi (Italian) | Carlos Pauner (Spanish) | Palencia team Dhaulgiri | Iranians on Dhaulagiri | Dutch Dhaulagiri expedition | Russian Climb | Friendship Beyond Borders | DCXP | Jagged Globe| Silvio Mondinelli| Jarle Traa (Norwegian) | Jarle Traa's updates on TV 2 Nettavisen (Norwegian) | Latvian Shisha team (Latvian) | Japanese Shisha Team Miura




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