Dhaulagiri Update: Not This Year

In the latest riff on an old tune, Carlos Soria has aborted his attempt on Dhaulagiri at Camp 3 because of strong winds and deep snow. This marks the 10th time that Dhaulagiri has turned back the 80-year-old climber. He is trying to become the oldest person to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000m peaks.

Dhaulagiri would have been Soria’s 13th. Of the 14th, Shishapangma, he has already reached the Central summit (8,008m), not the highest point at 8,027m. To properly complete all 14, he’d need to re-climb Shishapangma. But from a personal point of view, having accomplished something on Shishipangma might suffice, if he is ever able to nail Dhaulagiri.

Soria and his team are on their way down to Base Camp. Csaba Varga and all the other climbers have also stopped short.

“The high winds were unrelenting for more than a month,” wrote Expedition Base, a local outfitter. “Today they even picked up: High winds combined with deep snow, buried ropes and snow flurries is nail-biting stuff.”

Reaching the summit of Dhaulagiri means passing under avalanche-prone sections and negotiating technical passages, as shown in the video below, shot last week by Bulgarian Atanas Skatov:

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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Not an Everest climber
Not an Everest climber
2 years ago

I still long for the day when an Alpinist attempts the incredible south face of Dhaulagiri. The only attempt so far has been Messner (who only got very low on the slopes) and Humar (who almost scaled it).