Himalaya 2009 climbing season, Karakoram and Himalaya wrap-up /8/ – Week in Review.

The list of Himalaya expeditions, published last Sunday, is still being updated, and last week also offered a sneak peak of the upcoming Karakoram season. The North Pole season has kicked off in brutal temperatures and one aborted expedition already.

All eyes are however on Tibet, where Tuesday (March 10), will mark 50 years of the 1959 Tibetan national uprising against China.

Winter Broad Peak: Getting out is not so easy Defeated by relentless stormy weather, the Broad Peak winter expedition left BC and walked for 11 hours down Baltoro Glacier, passing by Concordia and finally setting camp at Gore 2. Don carried 60-70 lb packs often through waist-deep snow with a knee injury.

Everest no O2 status As in previous years, few climbers plan Everest ascents without supplementary oxygen. At this time, the only confirmed are Peruvian Richard Hidalgo, Pemba Dorje Sherpa, British David Tait (climbing with HiMex), and Australian Andrew Lock, who still hopes to attempt the feat from the north side, after climbing Shisha Pangma.

Everest traverse preview As for Everest traverses, Mexican David Liaño planned (tentative of permits) to climb from the south side, traverse to Tibet, and then climb back across the summit a few days later. David has previously summited Everest twice, Cho Oyu and Lhotse. American Bill Burke, 67, hopes to complete a south-north Everest traverse. He has previously attempted the peak twice. Kazakhstan’s National team is aiming for a world’s first: the Lhotse-Everest traverse, considered as one of the main unsolved climbing problems in the Himalayas.

Kangchenjunga: Zerain’s next goal Remember Spaniard Alberto Zerain, who sped-climbed K2 last year and thus avoided the tragedy that followed hours later? The Basque climber had previously also summited Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Hidden Peak and Gasherbrum II. Next is Kangchenjunga, according to El Correo Digital. The expedition kicks off in April.

Makalu: British Roland Hunter is teaming up with Mick Parker for a non-commercial, private expedition to Makalu. Also American Fabrizio Zangrilli will be leading an expedition to Makalu this spring. Before the “Great Black” the American mountain guide is ice-climbing in Colorado.

Karakoram sneak preview of 2009 expeditions Some interesting summer projects in Pakistan were announced last week. Among them Austrian Gerfried Göschl who will lead a strong group for Nanga Parbat and K2.Gerfried hopes to climb a new route on Nanga’s North-West face together with friends Günther Unterberger, Hans Goger and Louis Rousseau. Also K2 will hopefully get a new line; Gerfried, Louis Rousseau and Jorge Egocheaga will give it a shot if conditions allow.

Ladies turn! The 14, 8000ers status of Nives, Gerlinde and Edurne Edurne Pasaban, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Nives Meroi are all even with 11x8000ers, closing in on the Big 14 list not yet crowned by a woman. With the upcoming climbing season kicking off, ExWeb’s regular contributor Brazilian writer and chronicler Rodrigo Granzotto Peron compiled an update on the women’s’ plans.

Ryan Waters connecting the world American Ryan Waters is running a cross-cultural and educational Everest project. Ambassadors led by Doug Sandok are traveling to Nepal, in order to trek to BC and donate supplies to kids in the country. The project will provide a school in Kathmandu with computers. “This way, these children in Nepal will be able to talk with kids around the world to share information,” Waters told ExplorersWeb.

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