courtesy Basque BAT team, SOURCE
ExplorersWeb Week in Review
Posted: Jul 19, 2010 07:51 pm EDT
History was made on Broad Peak this weekend. Camp 3 set and with a victim already; K2 is ready for a summit push at the next weather window, estimated for around July 25-27.
K2: Bulgarian climber lost in C2 Bulgarian climber Petar Georgiev Unzhiev, member of ATP International K2 Expedition 2010, passed away of high altitude sickness in camp 2 on K2 this past weekend.
Broad Peak Basque new route & traverse Alberto Iñurrategi, Mikel Zabalza and Juan Vallejo reached BP Central Summit (8,013m) via a new route Saturday, thus bagging the first Basque route on an 8000er. Sunday, 14x8000er summiteer Alberto climbed back up from their bivy tent (installed on BP's normal route C3 at 7,100m) and stepped on BP's main summit, thus completing the massif traverse.
Broad Peak normal route South African Mike Horn and Swiss mountain guide Köbi Reichen reached the summit of Broad Peak on Saturday. Members in Slovakia Marmota's team Tomas Rigoci and Jan (Jano) Dolezal reached Broad Peak's main summit as well.
Amin Brakk Russianclimb.com reports summit succes for the ladies' team on Amin Brakk.
GII Radek Jaros, Libor Uher and Petr Masek checked in over satellite phone from GII summit on Saturday at 2PM, local time. This is Radek's tenth 8000er. The summits came one week after Ludo, Pemba and Thomas of the French team stood on GII summit July 11.
GI Don and Alexey got stuck in chest deep snow 100 meters from the summit ridge.
K2: Stangl back for a speed attempt Everest speed climber Christian Stangl is back for another speed attempt on K2.
Alberto Zerain to solo Everest Hornbein couloir In 2008 he was the fastest up on K2, which possibly saved his life. Now Himalayan speed climber Alberto Zerain is raising the bar for the upcoming Himalayan fall season. By mid-September he hopes to begin a solo attempt on Everest Hornbein Couloir.
Himalaya and Everest spring 2010 While a major ExWeb stats series on the spring 2010 Himalayan climbing season is underway, Ang Tshering Sherpa of Asian Trekking made a big wrap of his own.
Erden Eruc update: Erden Eruc has left his bike and set of from Carnarvon on the west coast of Australia in his rowing boat.
Iceland crossing kicked off, and solo correction Louis-Philippe Loncke from Belgium started his Iceland solo crossing on July 12 after arriving at the most northern point of the country. In his latest report he said he has reached the Ásbyrgi Gorge. A correction on the first solo, without resupply, crossing of Iceland: Christopher Mike did it in 2008.
Canoe through Mongolia Most people think of Djengis Khan and horseback riding when you say Mongolia. Now four adventurers are going to canoe through the Taiga forest and Mongolian steppe landscape and in to Russia.
Debrief from Linda Beilharz and Rob Rigato: 2010 North Pole expedition Australian couple, Linda and Rob Rigato skied from Canada to the North Pole with Northwinds guide Sarah McNair-Landry and resupplies. I have never in my life had to be so focused on achieving a goal and pushing for days, weeks really, to achieve it, says Linda Beilharz in a snippet of their North Pole story.
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