Posted: Mar 10, 2015 03:57 am EDT
(Tina Sjogren) One got an ExWeb award for a daring attempt to save Inaki Ochoa on Annapurna; the other summited the feared peak in a spectacular way. Now the two veteran mountaineers will rope up again, this time for a big attempt on Manaslu north side.
"Six decades after the first successful ascents of the world’s highest mountains, in 2015 how you climb a mountain is more important than to reach its summit," states Horia in his press release.
Living as he preaches the Romanian-born climber has done seven 8000ers without supplementary O2 and Sherpa support. He will use the same approach on Manaslu, with a ski-descent to boot. After acclimating on the normal route Horia and his regular mate of later years - Slovak Peter Hamor - will move to "an unconventional" route on the north side of the mountain.
Last year the mountaineers grabbed the first 8000er summit of the spring season in Nepal. Following in Inaki's footsteps, Shisha became Peter Hamor's 12th successful 8000 meter peak and Horia Colibasanu's 8th 8000er summit. Upcoming Manaslu will be another emotional event: Horia summited Manaslu normal route in 2006 with Ochoa (1967-2008).
The Manaslu North side expedition will kick off end of March.
In 2008 Horia received an ExplorersWeb award for his attempt to rescue Inaki Ochoa on Annapurna. Hamor is perhaps most known for his spectacular, lonely ascent of Annapurna as part of the Himalayan Trilogy dream team (Piotr Pustelnik, Piotr Morawski and Peter Hamor) attempting some of Himalaya's greatest challenges: technical climbing on high altitude, in light and small teams. Peter summited Annapurna alone, spending a cold night on the dreaded summit in a dug out bivouac.
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