Himalaya wrap-up: no hope on Annapurna, grants in honor of lost climbers

Posted: Oct 26, 2011 01:55 pm EDT

(Angela Benavides) A storm wrapping the mountain, hopes fading and relatives preparing for the worst: there is no good news from Annapurna.

Other notes are arriving from nearby: in tribute to Joe Puryear (perished October 27th last year) a Nepal-based Sherpa adventure gear company is launching a new scholarship for Nepalese children. And AAC moved up application deadline for the Lyman Spitzer award.


Rapidly deteriorating conditions halted rescue labors on Annapurna yesterday. Relatives and friends of the missing climbers remain in Kathmandu waiting for the search to resume. Hopes are futile.

Joe Puryear scholarship is born

Sherpa Adventure Gear, based in Kathmandu, has launched a grant honoring American climber Joe Puryear, perished one year agor while opening a new route on Labuche Kang, in Tibet.

A 7 years old Sherpani was chosen among a pool of 30 kids from Namche Bazaar for full primary and secondary education granted by the scholarship.

AAJ's Lyman Spitzer Award - still in time

Application deadline for the Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge has been moved up one month, the American Alpine Club announced in a press release yesterday. New deadline is December 1, 2011.

"The Lyman Spitzer program promotes state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small, lightweight climbing teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world's great mountain ranges," said the press release. "$12,000 is awarded annually to three to six endeavors that best meet the criteria for cutting edge climbing."

Climbing notes

SummitClimb members summited Mera Peak. Peak Freaks (in C1 yesterday) decided to reach as high as possible on Pumori before a forecasted storm and then move to Lobuche East instead.

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Clouds wrapping Annapurna south face.
courtesy Don Bowie, SOURCE
Joe Puryear.
courtesy Sherpa Adventure Gear

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