(By Raheel Adnan; Note: This post will be updated, as information arrives from the mountain)
First summits of the season were witnessed on Broad Peak, yesterday. As reported, Romanian Alex Gavan summited along with Bulgarians Boyan Petrov and Ivan Tomov. However, the challenges of Broad Peak Middle exhausted the Polish climbers, and forced them to retreat 100m below the sub peak.
Climbers expected to go for summit today included Oscar Cadiach’s Spanish team, Lina Quesada’s International team, Group B of Polish climbers aiming Broad Peak main summit, Taiwanese expedition, Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, Mexican couple and everyone else who didn’t participate in yesterday’s summit push.
Spanish climber Oscar Cadiach, if successful on Broad Peak, will be completing the 14x8000ers venture today. He will become the 33rd person to do so.
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Turkish climber Tunc Findik bagged his 11th 8000er this morning. Leading an international expedition, he reached the GII summit at around 10AM local time.
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As per home team of Jesus Morales (from Oscar Cadiach’s Team), the Spanish climber reached the summit at around 06:15AM local time this morning. He was accompanied by a Sherpa whose name is not known at the moment. It’s reported that he could see another group of climbers approaching the summit.
Meanwhile, it’s also learned that Carlos Garranzo (of Lina’s team) and Javier Santos have abandoned the summit attempt and are descending.
Update 01 (24-July-2014 / 1150hrs Pakistan Time)
Firstly an update to yesterday’s summits; Alex Gavan’s home team has confirmed that two Bulgarian climbers Boyan Petrov and Ivan Tomov summited Broad Peak at around 02:00PM (yesterday). They all spent night in C3 and are descending to BC, now.
Several climbers have reportedly reached the top, today. Akbar Syed of Lela Peak Expeditions, communicated from Base Camp that two Pakistani HAPs Little Hussain and Muhammad Taqi summited along with three Taiwanese. As per him Badía Bonilla and Mauricio López, the Mexican couple, also reached the top. Finally, there are also reports of Polish climbers’ success. Also word has arrived about Korean, Spanish and Nepalese summits.
We shall update the details as first-hand confirmations arrive.
Update 02 (24-July-2014 / 1233hrs Pakistan Time)
As per message from Jerzy Natkański, leader of Polish team, group B climbers Piotr Tomala, Agnieszka Bielecka and Marek Chmielarski successfully reached Broad Peak’s main summit at 0920AM local time.
Update 03 (24-July-2014 / 1430hrs Pakistan Time)
No summit for Oscar Cadiach; as per Spanish climbers' home team, Oscar was forced to retreat from 8025m.
Update 04 (24-July-2014 / 2030hrs Pakistan Time)
Updates are arriving about more summits on Broad Peak. Firstly, four members of Summit Climb team reached the main summit, yesterday. It’s reported that conditions were tough; the traverse from Foresummit to Main peak took several hours. Climbers who reached the summit: Felix Alexander Berg, Richard Michael Stihler, Christian Leitinger and Torsten Neumayr. They are all back to BC, now.
Also, there are reports that Pakistani trio, Karim Hayat, Safdar Karim and Naseer Ud-Din also reached the summit.
Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki confirmed on Twitter that he made it to Broad Peak summit, today. Finally, there is still no news about Hungarian duo, Szilárd Suhajda and Csaba Varga.
Update 05 (24-July-2014 / 2230hrs Pakistan Time)
As per media reports
from Hungary, Szilárd Suhajda and Csaba Varga successfully summited Broad Peak on July 23rd and have descended to BC. It's reported that ascent was difficult and exhausting. The two climbers reached the top in the afternoon.
Based in Lahore, Pakistan, telecom engineer and mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for Explorersweb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at Altitude Pakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.
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