Inurrategi, Vallejo and Zabalza on Three Peaks Mission

Posted: Jun 30, 2014 03:47 pm EDT


(Newsdesk) In the South Pole Centenary season, 2011-12 the three Basque mountaineers, Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabala, kite-skied across Antarctica from Novolazarevskaya via the Geographic South Pole to Hercules Inlet. During their expedition they had a close encounter in a crevasse and their mountaineering skills came to their rescue.


Currently the three men are on a mission to climb three peaks consecutively, Paiju Peak, the Jannu and Cho Oyu in the Karakoram and the Himalayas; climbing new routes or routes almost never repeated. Their home team sent over news to ExplorersWeb that they have arrived at Paiju Base Camp (3,400 m). Their aim is to open a new route on the South Face. Last year they also made an attempt.


Zabala reports about Expedition WOPeak from Pakistan, "Now we have the nastiest and hardest part of this expedition, which is to carry all the equipment to the foot of the wall and go slowly to acclimating the body to the altitude," They have walked for two days in sunny weather from Askole to reach Paiju BC. From BC the team will begin carrying all equipment they need for the South Wall to Camp 1 (5,100m). Today the three men aim to carry 800m. Summit is 6,610m.


Since 2009, when Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabala ascended Makalu in alpine style, the trio is inseparable. Among their expeditions: Everest Hornbein, Broad Peak, Greenland, Antarctica and Nuptse.




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The three men started carrying from BC today, all equipment they need to climb the South Face.
Inurrategi Alberto, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabala nearing Paiju Peak BC to attempt a new route on the 6,610m peak.
courtesy David Maeztu / WOPeak Expedition, SOURCE