Dhaulagiri: Climbers Battle Snow to Reach Camp 2

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.

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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2 years ago

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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2 years ago
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Cyber High 5….

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2 years ago

Agree on all counts by, ‘Avid Reader’. Angela, you really are the best when it comes to Himalayan news. No other website has this much coverage and your efforts really are to be commended. You might be the next Elizabeth Hawley 😛