(MountEverest.net/Madrid) Romanian Horia Colibasanu called his home team from the summit of Daulagiri yesterday. After retreating from C2 on a previous bid together with Iñaki Ochoa and Jorge Egocheaga last week, Horia gave the peak another try, this time with the Kazakh team. According to Colibasanu, some Kazakh climbers reached the top as well no names were provided though.
Spaniards on Sunday - Kazakhs on Tuesday
According to Colibasanu, some Kazakh climbers reached the top as well no names were provided though. The summit group spent last night in C3 and hoped to return to BC today. News is also expected on Denis Urubko, who launched a speed summit bid on Mondays night.
Catalan (Spanish) climbers Josep Noguera and Roger Sellent, have posted on their website they reached the summit on April 29, and returned to BC on Monday. That same day - Sunday - Italian Sergio Dalla Longa perished on the upper slopes of the mountain.
As for Iñaki Ochoa, frostbitten finger and nose are not enough to stop him. The Spaniard is sticking to his original plan, and thus moving to Annapurna. He is even considering a fast ascent, conditions permitting, his home team told ExplorersWeb. Both Ochoa and teammate Jorge Egocheaga summited Dhaulagiri last Thursday in bitter cold conditions, and both suffered from frostbite. Jorge, unable to walk out from BC with frostbitten finger and toes, was evacuated from BC by helicopter on Monday.
Italians: A sad farewell
Mario Merelli's Italian team packed up yesterday, shattered after the sudden death of team mate Sergio Dalla Longa. "It's not that we have missed a summit," Mario told his wife Patricia. "It's that we've lost a friend."
Gerlinde: Wind, routes and summit plans
Now it is when we fly away along with the tent, thought Gerlinde and Lucie at certain moments during the storm they endured last week in C2, at 6,600m, with the only shelter provided by their tiny-two-ladies-tent as the Austrian climber describes it. Sleeping was not an option in such circumstances on Saturday morning we ran back down to BC for some much-needed rest, she wrote.
During our acclimatization climbs we checked out the MacIntyre route, a direct line up the West face But we had to discard the option rotten rock makes a real Russian-roulette of that route. Definitely, we will climb the NE ridge.
The girls state they are getting along very well, although the deadly accident which took place on the mountain on Sunday weights on the mood of everyone. They plan to rest for two days in BC before launching a summit bid.
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