7 Summits 8000ers Adventure Films Adventure Travel Africa Alaska Alaska Alpine style Alps Ama Dablam Amazon Andes Annapurna Annapurna Antarctic Antarctic Archaeology Arctic Arctic Aviation Ballooning BASE jump and Paragliding BASE Jumping and Paragliding Big Wall climbing Breaking News Broad Peak Buyers Guides Canoeing & Kayaking Caving Cho Oyu Climate change Climbing COVID-19 Cycling Denali Desert Dhaulagiri Dhaulagiri Elbrus Endurance Environment Everest Expeditions Exploration mysteries Explorers First ascents Flying Gasherbrum Gear Geography High altitude skiing Himalaya Hindu Kush History Ice Climbing Indigenous cultures K2 Kangchenjunga Karakorum Kilimanjaro Lhotse Long-distance hiking Long-distance Trekking Makalu Manaslu Manaslu Marathon Medical Misc Sports Mountain Mountaineering Nanga Parbat NASA Natural History Nepal Nuptse Ocean Rowing Oceanography Oceans Patagonia Photos Polar Exploration Polar Research Poles Reviews Rivers Rowing/canoeing Science Sherpa Siberia Skiing Solo South Pole Space Sponsored Content Survival Swimming Tropics Uncategorized Unclimbed Volcanos Weather Wildlife Winter 8000ers Winter Himalaya

Annapurna summit push watch: climbers off, avalanche hits C3 - no casualties

Posted: Apr 17, 2010 06:05 am EDT

(ExWeb/Madrid) Edurne's team, Joao Garcia and Mingma Sherpa (climbing independently) are on their final push to Annapurna's top. At first radio call today, the climbers were preparing to go a 4 am local time.

Edurne radioed BC at 3.00am, local time, stating all team members were up, ready and willing to set off in an hour time. Weve all got a good rest, spirits are high, she ensured.

Tracking software on Joao website shows the climber had reached 7,900m at 00.30 am EST today. Edurne tracker places her 1/4 of the way to the top from C4.

Avalanche in C3 - no casualties

Three hours before, alarms raised after an avalanche swept C3. Details are still scarce, Edurne team doctor reported from BC. Apparently, an avalanche has flattened C3 when a number of climbers were resting there. There are no casualties, no one is injured, although it is said that Juanito Oiarzabal and a catalan climber have had a close call.

On the way to C4 yesterday, a big crevasse and a steep, frozen section took the remains of the leading Spaniards' 200m of rope and the team was forced to set up C4 200 meters below plan. An unsecured, very long free climb from 7,200m to the 8,091m summit is ahead. Joao - acclimatized from Pumori - was forced to skip two camps in order to catch up with the Spaniards.

Find more details in previous stories published yesterday and check back in at ExplorersWeb for updates from Madrid throughout the push.
#Mountaineering #topstory

Edurne Race Traker system locates her on Lat. 83.82064, Long. 28.59774, at 9:50am, local time.
courtesy Edurnepasaban.net, SOURCE