Dhaulagiri: Climbers Battle Snow to Reach Camp 2

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Carlos Soria in a snowstorm on Dhaulagiri. Photo: Yo Subo con Carlos Soria

Dhaulagiri is not surrendering its summit easily this season. The second push is unfolding under conditions as tough as last week. Carlos Soria reports constant snowfall since leaving Base Camp on Monday. Despite the tough going, he and his team reached Camp 1 yesterday and Camp 2 today.

The main problem is that the relentless snowfall has buried all traces of any trail and the ropes fixed previously, says Csaba Varga. “We’ll have to break trail again to Camp 3 tomorrow,” he said.

Casaba Varga near Camp 2 on Dhaulagiri. Photo: Kalifa Alpine

Further details are emerging about the previous push on Dhaulagiri.  Brazilian Moeses Fiamoncini confirmed he couldn’t reach the summit on his no-O2 attempt because he took a serious 20m fall on an ice-covered rock section at 8,120m. He broke his helmet, and snow-filled his boots and penetrated his clothes. He quickly became so cold that he lost feeling in his hands, so prudently retreated.  Juan Pablo Mohr, also climbing without O2, did manage to reach the top. In a moving video from the summit, he dedicated his triumph to his dad, who passed away recently.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Hello Angela, thank you for all your efforts keeping us readers informed. Every single day, for the past year l seek out Explorers Web to see if you posted anything. You’re an excellent writer….and I like your interview questions too… when you have interviews. This autumn climbing season has me on the edge of me seat, and your writing style, and details, really puts us on the mountains supporting the climbers. Many times I’ve wanted a cyber 5 good job well done post for you. Today it couldn’t be delayed any longer. Thank you Angela.

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Cyber High 5….