(By Nick Boudreau) Reports are coming in for the first summits of Shishapangma. Austrian climber Rupert Hauer, Tunç Findik (Turkey) and Nima Dawa (Nepal) all reached the top by approximately 2:00 pm local time. The weather was very cold and windy so the ascent was difficult, reported Tunç. This is first Turkish Shishapangma summit and climbed without oxygen, says his home team.
Ecuadorian climber Santiago Quintero also reached the 8,027 meter peak at 12:00 pm local time and claiming to do so without supplemental oxygen.
We are awaiting reports on the other members of the group, including of German couple Luis Stitzinger and Alix von Melle who planned to summit then ski down.
Spaniard, Rosa Fernandez, who is climbing solo without oxygen remains on track for a May 5 summit attempt.
German climber Cleo Weidlich and Thomas Laemmle, climbing with the Amical Alpin plan to summit next week.
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