Iñaki Ochoa de Olza and Jorge Echoeaga summited Manaslu Saturday morning at 10.45 am local time after a 27 hours (15 of climbing) ascent from BC (4.850 meters) and are now descending the mountain by the northeast ridge. The climbers, climbing without fixed ropes, started out from BC Friday and reached Camp II (7.000 meters) in 6 hours and 45 minutes. They began the final push on Saturday at 02.30 am and reached the summit 8 hours and 15 minutes later.
This was Inaki's second attempt on Manaslu since a 1999 attempt was wrecked by poor snow conditions. Next up to attempt Manaslu summit are the remaining climbers going with Peter Guggemos.
This is Inaki's 10th 8.000er and Jorge's 6th. Inaki is now off to Dhaulagiri - if he strikes luck there, only Kangchenjunga, Annapurna and Shisha's main summit will remain to place the Pamplona speed climber on the prestigious but dangerous list of 14, 8000ers. He will climb Dhaula with Italians Luca Vuerich, Romano Benet and Nives Meroi.
No climber reached the summit of Dhaulagiri last year. Iñaki climbed from BC to 8.000 meters in 16 hours but had to turn back due to poor snow conditions in the final traverse from the foresummit to the real summit.
Arthur Hajzer reports to ExWeb that 4 members of the Polish Falvit expedition reached camp 3 (7150 meters) on Everest south side Saturday; Polish cover girl Martyna Wojciechowska and Darek Zaluski joined their team mates Sunday. Only 5 tents are pitched in camp 3 yet, all belonging to Polish, Russian and Czech climbers.
This is Martyna's altitude record (last was Aconcagua 6962 m).
"Every step from now on is a success," she said, adding the team will hold the tradition to celebrate with a bottle until they are back in BC.
Martyna is a TV journalist and the Polish TVN Meteo channel is actually broadcasting weather forecasts for all Everest high camps. She hopes to go South Col before her summit push and will decide if she will continue higher tomorrow morning.
Martyna says that the climb up till now has been less stressfull then the Paris-Dakar rally - which she finished as a driver - but she adds the climb is still harder than she had imagined before the expedition.
Rumors from Everest North side about sherpa summits remain unconfirmed.
Iñaki Ochoa de Olza (born in Pamplona, Spain, 1967) is currently involved in completing the 14 8000+, having already summited ten of them: Cho Oyu three times (1993, 2001, and 2004), K2 (2004), Makalu (2004), GI (1996), GII (1996), Lhotse (1999), Everest (2001), Nanga Parbat (2003), Broad Peak (2003) and Manaslu (2006). He has also summited Shisha Pangma Central (1995).
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