Cho Oyu update: Quintero retreats again 50 meters shy from the top - Swedish summit reported

Cho Oyu update: Quintero retreats again 50 meters shy from the top - Swedish summit reported

Posted: Oct 12, 2010 06:23 am EDT

(ExplorersWeb/Madrid) Santiago Quintero is back in BC after a new attempt on Cho Oyu and yet another retreat from the summit plateau. "I don´t know why I turned around," he reported, exhausted.

"I feel like a beaten-up mouse, shattered and injured" the Ecuadorian climber reckoned.

Breaking trail all the way

Quintero set off from BC on Sunday until C2, where he prepared for the final push, which started at 2:00 AM lical time yesterday. "There were two other climbers; Adrian from Argentina and Tork from Sweden - they waited for me to go in the front," Santiago stated.

"At arrival in camp 3 it was extremely cold, I hoped there was an abandoned tent to take a break, but it was empty." Quintero noted that it took him 9 hours to reach the summit plateau. "The Argentinean climber eventually turned back, and the Swede followed my trail all the time."

Swede climber on top?

"Breaking trail on the summit plateau felt like going nowhere. On its final part I looked around and, instead of running for the top, I turned around. I don't know why I did that. I crossed the Swedish climber who kept on going in my footprints and later would tell me that he had summited. I believe him."

"I broke trail all the way - Cho Oyu is not like Chimborazo as I had imagine; it's an 8000er indeed. I stopped at 8,150 meters, fifty meters shy from the summit."


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Ecuadorian climber Santiago Quintero, exhausted in ABC after his third summit attempt on Cho Oyu yesterday.
courtesy Santiago Quintero, SOURCE