Manaslu: A Valentine’s Day Summit?

Climbers on Manaslu are on the move again, and this time they hope to end their rotation on the very summit.

For Simone Moro, it could be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. “A day,” he wrote, “when I hope the love we all have and feel for the great silent Lady, the Mountain, will triumph.”

Alex Txikon added more prosaically: “Since the weather has improved, Iñaki, Kalden, and Namja have gone up. Tomorrow, we will go up with the rest of the team!”

Last weekend, their first snowstorm destroyed some of the larger tents in Base Camp. Still, the weather this year has been extraordinarily dry on the usually snowy Manaslu.  Simone Moro knows this well since avalanche danger from heavy snows thwarted his two previous winter attempts. This time, the 40cm of fresh snow has not stopped the climbers, especially when the sun returned today.

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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1 year ago

Dai Simone! Stay safe people

1 year ago

good luck and be safe!!!