(Angela Benavides/story Updated 1pm EDT) The waiting game paid off for the last folks on Manaslu, who summited in good weather yesterday. Bad conditions prevented mal Haskings from speed-flying down from 7000 meters today though. Paul and Urs will try to complete a Cho Oyu + Shisha Pangma double header today. Updated: In the opposite direction IMG Shisha summiteers (reportedly) topped-out Cho Oyu yesterday.
French chain-summiteer Sophie Denis shared some thoughts over email about her recent Manaslu climb and future projects.
While the 8000ers are folding, most expeditions to smaller peaks are kicking off: Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Pumori, and trekking peaks such as Island, Mera, etc.
Manaslu: More summits!
"October 12 at 11:40am Mal, Ben, Siddhi Mama and Phemba Sherpa made it to the top of Mt Manaslu at 8,164 metres," Sophie Ward reported from BC "aka. Ghost town".
"It was an amazingly gorgeous sunny day but unfortunately the winds were too strong for Mal to fly from 8,000 metres, However it's looking good for an early morning flight tomorrow (today) from around 7,.000 metres back to Camp 1," Sophie added.
Story updated 1pm, EDT: Winds neither collaborated with Mal today. "I tried but had issues with the wind and made a number of abortive attempts before calling it a day," he reported upon reaching back BC today.
According to Sophie, the last of the bigger groups packed up and left BC yesterday, leaving her alone with her team's two cooks and two Sherpas from another expedition.
Cho Oyu: season folding summits
"IMG Leader Mike Hamill, Vanessa, Al, Danuru, and Karma Rita summited Cho Oyu yesterday, according to their home team. " They are the last team on the hill, literally, as all other expeditions have now departed the mountain," they added. "The climbers were super strong and acclimatized after previously climbing Shishapangma, and they decided to start from Camp 2, since the weather was looking good - In fact, conditions were excellent, the best of any of my five Cho Oyu summits," Mike stated.
Sophie Denis: Best climb ever!
Multi-summiteer Sophie Denis told ExplorersWeb that people were doubtful to say the least when she came up with the challenge of climbing five 8000ers in 5 months. Now, after bagging Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Broad Peak and Manaslu in less than one year, she hopes they'll take her more seriously in 2012 when she plans to bag some more. As for Manaslu, she didn't use 02 and described the peak, "one of my best climbing experiences ever." Further she wrote:
"A great and really good human experience. I had the opportunity to meet Oscar (Cadiach), Silvio (Mondinelli) ...Great climbers, great people. I am very happy. As ice cream on the cake, I was able to climb alone, totally alone on the mountain up to Camp 3 - so almost all the way through - and it was magic."
Sophie is now compiling a photo book with the best images shot on the 8000ers she has climbed. "It's important to me to give the opportunity to everyone to see the world from above," the French climber raved. "I climb because I am in love with it :-)"
UPDATED OCT14: Shisha Pangma summits
Fresh from summitting Cho Oyu, SummitClimb members Paul from South Africa and Urs from Switzerland, together with Lhakpa Sherpa and Gyalje Sherpa, gave Shisha a shot and reached the (surely central, according to home team) summit Thursday (Oct13).
Carlos Soria: Still in the game
Forced out of Dhaulagiri due to bad conditions, "of course I'm still in the game," Carlos Soria told ExplorersWeb from Phokara. Next spring, at 73, Carlos plans to climb Kanchenjunga.
Currently on his way to Pumori, Tim Rippel and his Peak Freaks Everest training team enjoyed a beautiful full-moon night in Lobuche. Check the pics here.
Meanwhile Spanish Jesus Calleja and his team of rookies taking part in an Everest reality show are still in Pangboche. Aiming for Everest C3, the 30+ people landed in Nepal nearly two weeks ago.
Links to fall 2011 Himalaya teams:
Park Young Seok
Artur Hajzer's Winter Himalayan Polish team
Silvio "Gnaro" Mondinelli
Ryan Waters' Mountain Professionals
Mal Haskings' Speedfly8000
Camilo L?ez & Anna Pfaff
Elia Saikaly's Finding Life
Kheiry Sammakieh's Climb 4 Lebanon
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