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Nanga Parbat summit? Official word from the Mazeno ridge, Cathy safe down

Posted: Jul 16, 2012 03:42 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Cathy O'Dowd called in to ExplorersWeb this morning stating that she has descended Nanga Parbat and is safe down the mountain.

Meanwhile also this morning, Liver Khan of nangaparbatadventure.com sent a message to Karrar Haidri stating that according to expedition liaison officer Samander Khan the British Nanga Parbat expedition reached the summit of Nanga Parbat from the south face by the Mazeno ridge on Saturday July 14 at 6.12 pm. (Ed note: the expedition is outfitted by adventurepakistan.com owned by Muhammad Ali).

The statement carries no other details except that the three sherpa climbing with the team are Lhakpa Rangdu, Lakpa Sherpa and Nuru Sherpa.

The statement has not been confirmed on the expedition website. A previous summit claim posted there last week was attributed to translation difficulties by the social media team.

The correction said the climbers reached high camp at 7200 meters, from where the final summit push took place. That push was aborted but another attempt was decided on for this weekend. Short on supplies the team would divide in two, Cathy and the Sherpa would commence descent though an unknown route while Rick and Sandy would try the summit once more.

The ridge is more than 10 km (6 miles) long with eight 7000 meter (23000 ft) peaks to pass along the route. Steep walls on each side make pulling out hard. The ridge is not fixed, there are no fixed camps and the climbers use no supplementary oxygen.

The expedition commenced the climb on July 4th with 7 days of supplies, that could be stretched to 10. Cathy reported Friday that they have almost run out of food and gas.

The first woman to summit Everest from both South (1996) and North (1999), Cathy O'Dowd was attempting the climb, considered the longest ridge on any 8000er - with Rick Allen, Sandy Allan and three young Sherpa.


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The ridge was not fixed, there were no set camps and the climbers used no supplementary oxygen.
Image by Cathy O'Dowd courtesy Cathy O'Dowd, SOURCE