Paiju Peak update: Vertical wall in poor condition - updated

Posted: Jul 10, 2014 03:34 am EDT

 

(Newsdesk, Updated July 10, 2014, 01:00 pm EDT to reflect latest update) After spending two days at Base Camp,  Alberto Inurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabala started moving up to 5,100 m again today, 12 pm local time. Sunny weather has melted the snow on the Vertical Wall and their aim is to fix the first 500 m of the 1,600 m with ropes and hammocks. 

 

Jul 10, 2014 03:34 am EDT:

The Basques, Alberto Inurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabala are aiming to reach the point where they had to abandoned their attempt on the South Face of Paiji Peak in 2013, 5,500 m. 

 

They have carried equipment and slept at 5,100 m, assessing the weather after a snowfall has left the vertical wall that characterize the South Face, in a poor condition for climbing.

 

Weather forecast predicted an improvement in the weather.

 

Watch team video reports:

 

Expedition WOPeak VIDEO on Vimeo 2014-07-03

 

Expedition WOPeak VIDEO on Vimeo 2014-07-09

 

 

WOPeak Expedition with Basque mountaineers, Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabala are on a mission to climb three peaks consecutively, Paiju Peak (BC at 3,400 m and summit at 6,610 m), the Jannu and Cho Oyu in the Karakoram and the Himalayas; climbing new routes or routes almost never repeated. 

 

David Maeztu is the cameraman on the 2014 WOPeak Expedition.

 

Since 2009, when Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabala ascended Makalu in alpine style, the trio is inseparable. Among their expeditions: Everest Hornbein, Broad Peak, Greenland, Antarctica and Nuptse.

 

Previous/Related:

 

Inurrategi, Vallejo and Zabalza on Three Peaks Mission

 

ExWeb interview with K2 summiteer, Fabrice Imparato

 

Summer 2014: Acclimatization and Setting up Higher Camps

 

K2 Base Camp, Broad Peak C1 and Political Unrest

 

K2 2014: Adrian Hayes talks to ExWeb from Pakistan

 

ACP list of 2014 Summer Karakoram climbing expeditions

 

An Eight-Thousander for Acclimatization, BC Trek and Change in Rules

 

K2's 60th Anniversary, Nanga Parbat in Solitude and 4 Gasherbrums

 

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WOPeak on YouTube 

BAT Basque team on Facebook

 

 

 

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Carrying equipment to 5,100m.
courtesy WO Peak Expedition / David Maeztu, SOURCE
Spanish mountaineers
courtesy WO Peak Expedition / David Maeztu, SOURCE
Bivouac at 4,000, 4,700 and 5,100 meters.
courtesy WO Peak Expedition / David Maeztu, SOURCE
Weather and snow conditions on the Vertical Wall to be assessed.
courtesy WO Peak Expedition 2013 / Argazkiak, SOURCE
In 2013 the team had to abandon the climb at 5,500 m.
courtesy WO Peak Expedition 2013 / Argazkiak, SOURCE