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Nanga Parbat Climbers Return to BC, Bad Weather Continues on Manaslu

Posted: Feb 28, 2015 06:21 pm EST

(By Raheel Adnan) Bad conditions forced the Nanga Parbat Kinshofer route climbers to turn back on day two of first summit push. As expected, the recent snowstorm had greatly changed the route conditions. Everyone is back at Base Camp, now. While Alex Txikon and Daniele Nardi will be waiting for another summit window, it appears that the Iranian team has decided to abandon the mountain.

On Manaslu, Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger are still stuck inside BC due to bad weather.

Summit Push-1 Unsuccessful

The climbers resumed the ascent from C1 at 8am, this morning. They intended to reach C2, but were forced to turn back from 5300m. “The same corridor below Kinshofer wall that we before fixed and climbed completely icy, was covered by heavy snowy today, up to our waists,” Alex Txikon told Base Camp. “Yesterday, on the way, we saw more than one (avalanches here), and also signals of previous snow falings; neither today, terrain was not safe at all”.

Hence the climbers decided to turn back and wait for another summit window. They arrived back at BC, at around mid-day. Daniele Nardi seems satisfied with the efforts so far, “I really enjoyed it. It was a way to move a bit the legs after a long wait and see the conditions of the mountain.”


End of Iranian Expedition

After reaching BC, the Iranian climbers decided to end their winter attempt. Igone Mariezkurrena quoted the Iranians from Diamir BC, “We think the mountain is covered by too heavy snow, it is dangerous, and besides, information coming from our country tells weather is not going to change next days. That’s why we think is not possible to make it this time.”

Alex Txikon and Daniele Nardi will probably make another summit push, if weather permits.



Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger have been stuck inside BC since Thursday due to bad weather and heavy snow. “Today as well, shoveling shoveling shoveling!” Tamara commented on Facebook yesterday.


Based in Pakistan, mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for Explorersweb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at Altitude Pakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.



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Iranian climbers decided to end their expedition, this afternoon. They will be leaving BC tomorrow.
Simone Moro and Tamara Lunger have been stuck inside BC since Thursday due to bad weather and heavy snow.