Manaslu: Txikon & Co. Refuse to Give Up

Deep snow is forcing Alex Txikon’s group to struggle for every inch. Fixing the route as they go, they have camped for the night at 6,750m. Simone Moro, meanwhile, ponders his options in Base Camp.

Txikon wants to make the best out of the good conditions expected tomorrow. He plans on setting Camp 4 at 7,000m and fixing the route to 7,400m. Then the climbers will rest and head off at 10 pm local time toward the summit.

Unfortunately, less-than-ideal weather is on tap for Monday. Winds of 50kph should sweep the summit in the early morning, then decrease, but more snow could come in the evening. That is acceptable for Txikon. “We are fine so far,” he told Base Camp, adding that if it doesn’t get any worse than predicted, “we could have a couple of days to continue working.”

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

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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Kurt
Kurt
1 year ago

Simone went down on Friday for crampons. Did he go back up or just stayed in BC? This is starting to sound like a comedy hour: one guy from the team heroically struggles for every inch in the icy gale while the other guy gives away his equipment and goes back down to the dining tent to ponder his options while his partner fights for survival…Cool selfies though! I guess while the Sherpas are working hard, Simone rests and ponders. I thought that they were “all in it together”. Sounds like the nameless Sherpas are doing the heavy lifting (no… Read more »

Hollywood Star
Hollywood Star
1 year ago
Reply to  Kurt

Almost like a Hollywood movie.

Kurt
Kurt
1 year ago
Reply to  Hollywood Star

Vertical Limit 🙂

Bill Bones
1 year ago

It’s unlikely their remains will even be found, my guess is they were swept away by avalanche

Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill Bones

What are you talking about?

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
1 year ago
Reply to  Lenore Jones

I think he is talking about Sadpara and his missing party on K2