Himalaya wrap-up: 2010 spring season kick off - ready, set, Action on Annapurna!

Himalaya wrap-up: 2010 spring season kick off - ready, set, Action on Annapurna!

Posted: Mar 08, 2010 10:31 pm EST

Its that time again! Edurne Pasaban, heading for Pokhara tomorrow, leads the pack of Annapurna elite climbers, while Miss Oh is on her way to Nepal. Fellow Korean Busan team gears up for 4x8000ers this year. While action kicks off in Nepal, China has closed the Tibetan border to climbers and tourists.

Annapurna: Spaniards on foot tomorrow

Edurne Pasaban & Co. afforded no rest since they landed in Kathmandu last Friday. Filing paperwork, checking gear, and reporting as usual with Miss Hawley; the team also staked out the trek to Annapurna.

We are flying to Pokhara tomorrow (Tuesday) and starting the trek right away, Edurne reported yesterday. We are not sure porters will be able to cross a 4,500m Col on the way to BC though, since high passes are apparently still overloaded with snow. We'll try though; should it prove impossible, well get our cargo choppered from Tatopani.

While in Kathmandu, Thamserku (our outfitter) explained they had first held a meeting with the Tibet/China Mountaineering association, whose members said it was no problem to get a Shisha permit in March," Edurne added. "It was later orders straight from Beijing which said that no one would enter Tibet before April.

Tibet blacked-out again

Climbers in Kathmandu reported the Tibetan borders closed to foreign tourists on Friday. Re-opening dates are not confirmed, rumors point to April 10th for tourists - possibly slightly earlier for climbing expeditions. Although no official motivation has been published, a Strike Hard campaign launched by the Chinese government in advance of the Tibetan Uprising anniversary may be the reason.

Security forces have detained more than 400 Tibetans in Lhasa city alone since the launch of the Strike Hard campaign on 2 March, TibetSun reported. The campaign has kicked off one week ahead of the Tibetan Uprising anniversary on March 10th.

More Anna climbers for their last 8000er

Oh Eun-Sun is scheduled to fly from Korea to Nepal today. Miss Oh plans to acclimatize in the Annapurna region before setting up BC at Annapurna I north side by mid April. Together with her two Sherpas, she will work on the route for some days, in order to be ready for a summit push by the end of the month.

Joao Garcia hopes to become the first Portuguese 14x8000er summiteer and Annapurna is his last peak. Joao, who climbed all his peaks with no supplementary O2, is leaving from Lisbon on Wednesday.

Korean Busan team for 4x8000

BuSan-Hope Expedition Team held a kick off ceremony before attempting Kanchenjunga, Annapurna-1, Nanga Parbat and Shisha Pangma in 2010, ExWeb Korean correspondent Kyu Dam Lee reported.

The team is leaving Korea on March 9 for the projects first stage: Kangchenjunga and Annapurna.

Makalu countdown

FTAs Makalu expedition, led by Fabrizio Zangrilli, will kick off in KTM on April 10th. The team will climb via the normal NW ridge route, opened by a French team back in 1955. FTA has a few last-minute places still available - experienced climbers should check the outfitters website for details.

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Miss Hawley interviewing Edurne Pasaban in Kathmandu last Friday. Spanish Pasaban and her team are flying to Pokhara today.
Image by Ferran Latorre courtesy Al Filo de lo Imposible - TVE, SOURCE
Members in Busan Hope expedition, aiming for Kangchenjunga, Annapurna, Nanga Parbat and Shisha Pangma in 2010, during a kick off ceremony in their Busan (S. Korea's second largest town) last week. Photographer Mr. H. T. Lee is a consulting member in Korea Alpine Federation and one of Mountainworld magazine founders.
Image by Mr. H. T. Lee courtesy Busan Hope Expedition
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