(MountEverest.net/Madrid) Further summits have been reported on Dhaulagiri, Mondinelli and Confortola topped-out Cho Oyu after an exhausting 20 hours-long push from C1, Ralph and Hirotaka work their way up on Manaslu, and Spaniard Oscar Cadiach leads the only team attempting Kangchenjunga this season. No good news from Shisha Pangma though, after Chinese authorities confirmed the death of Slovak Marek.
Mondinelli & Confortola: Summit after a 20 hours-long push!
Silvio 'Gnaro' Mondinelli and Marco Confortola summited Cho Oyu earlier today, at about 1.00 pm, Nepalese time. The climbers descended to C2, hoping nevertheless to proceed down to ABC after resting for a while.
The climbers departed BC yesterday and, after a short break, launched the summit push from C1. They needed over 19 hours non-stop to reach the top. Mondinelli reported on deep, fresh snow on the way to the summit, although weather conditions improved through the day, so the climbers could see Everest and Lhotse from the summit. Marco, who topped-out slightly behind Gnaro, is reportedly very tired but otherwise fine.
Ivan Vallejo: Busy weekend
After some days waiting out the storm in BC, Ecuadorian Ivan and the Spaniards set off on Friday, ready to fix ropes on the most delicate sections of the route. Saturday and Sunday Ivan worked his way along an ice spur, leaving the route secured up to 6,150m. Weve undergone the most difficult part of the route, he happily wrote back in BC.
Further summits have been reported on the Mountain. Romanian Horia topped-out yesterday together with part of the Kazakh team. Catalan climbers Josep and Roger also reported on having summited last Sunday. Inaki Ochoa is moving to Annapurna, the Italians are returning home, devastated by the death of team mate Sergio Dalla Longa. Read more on a separate story published earlier today on MountEverest.net.
As for Denis Urubko, news are expected on the speed sumit push he launched Monday night. Denis left the expedition's only sat-phone in BC, decided to keep his backpack as light as possible. Therefore, the expedition willbe able to report only at arrival in BC, which they hoped to reach today.
Amical team: C1 check next C2
The team by Amical led by Ralph Dujmovits has reached and set up C1 on the mountain. In spite of fresh snow, Ralph and his regular climbing mate Hirotaka Takeuchi, who has joined the team, have also broken trail up in order to leave a gear cache. Next time up, the team will set up C2 and spend two nights there.
Chinese officials confirm Mareks death
"The Slovak Republics embassy in Beijing received a fax message from Chinese Authorities, stating that SLovak Marek Hudak fell to his death on April 22, at 7,600m while climbing Shisha Pangma, Marmota website stated. The body has not yet been found. The leader of the Slovak expedition and other members of team confirmed the accident, wrote the website, quoting spokeman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovak Republic." (Translation: Vlado Bojko)
Tarragona Friendship expedition: Alone on Kangchenjunga
On April 22 the Tarragona Friendship Kangchenjunga expedition reached BC after a helicopter flight from Kathmandu which left them two days away from the peak. The team lead by Oscar Cadiach had previously acclimatized by trekking up the Khumbu valley and climbing Island Peak.
The team plans on setting up three higher camps, at 6,100m, 7,000m and 7,800m each. They hope to be ready for a summit bid by May 10-20, weather permitting.
Other members in the team are Joan Riba, Fernando Rubio, Patxi Goñi, Julen Reketa, Iñigo de Pineda, along with three BC crew members which will remain in BC at 5,300m. They are the only team currently attempting Kangchenjunga.
Links to teams on Himalayan 8000ers:
Ueli Steck (German) | Edurne Pasaban (Spanish) | Ivan Vallejo (Spanish) | Iñaki Ochoa (Spanish) | Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (German) | Horia's climb on AlternativeTm website (Romanian) | Ralfs Amical (German) | Exea club Dhaulagiri team(Spanish) | Andrew Lock | Dodos Slovak Cho Oyu/Shisha team | Summit Climb - news | Koblers team (German) | Silvio Mondinelli (Italian) | Marco Confortola (Italian)| Gavin Bates Cho Oyu updates | Mario Merelli - news | Italian team's reports on GrandeGrimpe (Italian) | UES Dhaulagiri expedition (Catalan) | Joby Ogwyns blog | RussianClimb | Nepal News | Mountain.ru
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