Carlos Soria Abandons Dhaulagiri

“It’s over – the mountain is impossible to deal with,” reported Carlos Soria from Dhaulagiri BC yesterday.

“The Polish team is leaving today; Kari Kobler’s will follow tomorrow,” he added. “A Japanese climber and three Sherpas are retreating too.”

The news hardly comes as a surprise, as conditions reported had not improved since a seven-member Sherpa team was caught in an avalanche on September 19. Dawa Geljen Sherpa perished in the accident.

“Three other climbers are remaining here though, and they’ll be soon joined by two more currently on their way from Manaslu,” Soria noted. “They want to try, it’s their call but, as for us, we are 100% on our decision – and so are the Sherpas. They all want to go down, although some of them may be forced to keep climbing [by teams still wanting to give the summit a try]. They are scared: an avalanche caught seven of them some days ago, and conditions are now even worse.”

“It is true, my knee is not the best at the moment but that is not the reason why I am leaving; I am heading back due to bad conditions on the mountain and out of respect for my Sherpa team.”

“It’s been my ninth attempt, I know it too well. But I am delighted to have made the right decision. I am happy and looking forward to returning next spring (hopefully with some sponsorship). One day we will reach that summit up there!”

Photo: YoSuboConCarlosSoria

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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