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Himalaya wrap-up: "It's total summit fever madness!"

Posted: Sep 30, 2011 07:00 am EDT

(Angela Benavides) Story updated 4:30 pm CET: While big teams join forces on Cho Oyu, Manaslu and Shisha, the lonely Polish team has just bagged Makalu summit with no one else around.

Summit news may break from Cho Oyu as well, where a large number of climbers were positioned in C2 yesterday. Some may spend an extra day in a third altitude camp, while others could try to climb all the way to the top today.

Shisha teams are also heading up. On Manaslu, expedition leaders are launching a massive joint push, aiming for the summit on October 4-5.

Makalu: Summits

Adam Bielecki, Tomasz Wolfart and Artur Hajzer reached the summit at 2:00pm, local time today. The Polish team members had set off from their highest camp at 7,800 m. towards the summitt at 3:00am.

Cho Oyu:

"It's total summit fever madness here," SummitClimb's Arnold Coster reported earlier today. "Most teams are running out of time and, [although] the weather is not great. lots of teams went up for a last desperate

Several teams spent last night in C2. Many of them are on their way to the top today, so check for further updates.

Update 4:30 CET: Ferran Latorre returned to BC earlier today, but Nacho Orviz went up, hoping to reach the summit today. Jagged-Globe expedition members will leave from C3 towards the top tonight at midnight.

"We decided to hold back a bit and see what will happen," Arnold Coster reckoned. His team is heading for C1 tomorrow, aiming to reach the top on October 3rd. So are Adventure Lovers.


"Several team leaders have been talking about possible options for making a push together if we ever get a break in the weather," Ryan Waters reported earlier this week from Manaslu. "Essentially we have a route that has some dangerously loaded slopes and fixed rope that is buried above camp 2."

Ryan is guiding with Mountain Professionals and accompanied by Norwegian K2 summiteer Cecilie Skog. Together, they completed an Antarctica traverse in 2010.

Ryan aims for Oct 4-5 as summit day, while Altitude Junkies also confirmed they're leaving BC towards the top tomorrow. The huge HiMex team has divided into two groups, one setting off today and the second following tomorrow.

Shisha Pangma:

"Today finally we saw a light of hope at the end of the tunnel," said Max Kausch, after checking that the SummitClimb team camps were still standing. "We have decided to push for the summit starting today. Our idea is to attempt the summit on October 4th from Camp 3."

IMG team has the same summit schedule.

Links to fall 2011 Himalaya teams:


Park Young Seok


Artur Hajzer's Winter Himalayan Polish team


Carlos Soria


Silvio "Gnaro" Mondinelli
Ryan Waters' Mountain Professionals
Altitude Junkies
Alpenglow Expeditions
Rosa Fernandez
Mal Haskings' Speedfly8000

Shisha Pangma:

Cleo Weidlich

Cho Oyu:

Ferran Latorre
Nacho Orviz
Kari Kobler's
Camilo López & Anna Pfaff
Adventure consultants
Jagged Globe
Adventure Lovers
Elia Shaikali's Finding Life
Kheiry Sammakieh's Climb 4 Lebanon

#Mountaineering #topstory

Makalu upper slopes.
courtesy Polish Winter Himalayan Climbing 2010-2015, SOURCE
Cho Oyu teams are on a massive summit push. In the image, Colombian climbers Camilo Lopez and Anna Pfaff some days ago.
courtesy Camilo Lopez / Anna Pfaff, SOURCE
Norwegian Polar skier and K2 summiteer Cecilie Skog in Manaslu BC earlier this week.
Image by Ryan Waters courtesy Ryan Waters, SOURCE