(By Markian Hawryluk, story edited Apr 30, 2013 02:25 pm EDT) The summit push is underway for ten climbers on Shishapangma (8027m), according to Austrian climber Rupert Hauer. The group includes Santiago Quintero (Ecuador), Tunç Findik (Turkey), Luis Stitzinger and Alix von Melle (Germany) and Nima Dawa (Nepal), who is seeking is 14th and final 8,000-meter summit. Hauer and Stitzinger will attempt a complete ski descent of the mountain if conditions allow.
The climbers completed their acclimatization climbs to Camp 2 last week, and were waiting at Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 5,650 m for a weather window. Current forecasts call for good conditions on April 30 and May 1, followed by a week of high winds. Rupert reported high winds but a safe arrival at camp 1 on Sunday.
Hauer and Quintero are planning to climb Everest after Shishapangma. Quintero lost his toes summiting Aconcagua in 2002, climbing the south face. (Ed note Apr 30, 2013 02:25 pm EDT: the initial story stated that Quintero had the front halves of his feet amputated after attempting to climb the south face of Everest via the Messner Route in 2002, but it was in fact on Aconcagua, as mentioned in the comments below. In 2008 ExWeb did an interview with Santiago were he explained what had happened.)
The second wave of summit attempts may have to wait a week for a chance at the summit.
Spaniard, Rosa Fernandez, who is climbing solo without oxygen, is at advanced base camp with plans for a May 5 summit bid.
Thomas Laemmle, climbing with the Amical Alpin Shisha Pangma 2013 Ski Expedition, left for Camp 1 on Saturday, April 27, with plans to ski down from Camp 2 on May 1 and a summit bid next week.
US climber [Ed note May 7 correction, not German as previously reported] Cleo Weidlich is also back for a third no-supplemental oxygen attempt at Shisha. She completed her acclimatization climbs and is at ABC waiting for the next weather window.
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