(MountEverest.net) David Liaño’s plan to attempt a double Everest traverse is over due to climbing restrictions on the mountain’s Tibetan side.
On Manaslu, “two Peters” Hamor and Morawski hope to open a new route on the west face. Babanov has adjusted his climbing plans while in KTM prices are increasing, some climbers report, with cost of Visa tripling since 2007.
Liaño’s Double Everest traverse postponed to 2010
“To my surprise, the double-Everest traverse I planned for 2008 was thwarted by non-alpinistic factors: I was rejected access to the peak’s northern side,” he vented. “Instead, I climbed Everest & Lhotse, and postponed my project for 2009.”
“Now it’s unclear whether I may be granted a permit to enter Everest’s north side in Tibet,” he added. “Even if I got a permit, I would surely find no ropes and gear on that side on my way down from the summit, since most expeditions have switched to Nepal.”
David will start training again in October and try to launch the attempt in 2010. “I’ve been patient enough to wait for over two years, so I can wait one more,” he stated. Meanwhile, he’s considering alternative plans, such as climbing an 8000er in Pakistan in summer.
* more : – David Liaño’s blog
Manuel Pizarro: Kathmandu not so cheap anymore
Manuel Pizarro and André landed in Kathmandu last week. Since arrival, they’ve been busy organizing the expedition logistics and buying some necessary items, such as supplementary O2 bottles.
“Manuel noticed that all is more expensive than at the time of his first expedition in 2007,” his home team reported. “The government has increased prices and taxes on most of the products and services. For example, the cost of the visa to enter the country was $30.00 US in 2007 for 90 days. Now, it is $100.00 US for 90 days.”
Annapurna: Babanov heading straight for the West face
“We’ve just made a change in our expedition plans, 2 Valery Babanov told ExplorersWeb yesterday. “We are not going to acclimatize on Annapurna South side, but going instead directly to the West face. We’ll set up BC and acclimatize there, hoping to save time and money.”
* more : – Valeri Babanov
Piotr Morawski & Peter Hamor: Manaslu & Dhaula route details
A new route on Manaslu  up its west wall. For acclimation we chose Dhaulagiri  by normal route or north-west wall [by japanese route].
18.03.2009 – 25.05.2009
The expedition is a continuation of Himalayan Triptychs which took places in 2006 and 2008. It is also the logical continuation of the way in Himalaya Mountains which Morawski – Hamor team have been trying to accomplish: reaching the tops of eightthousanders by rarely taken ways or searching for own routes.
Manaslu Andalusian female team: Loading up cargo
Ingrid Medialdea was forced to drop out after breaking her ankle during training. The other girls are busy loading 500kg of expedition gear, to be sent to Nepal this week, in addition to items stocked in Kathmandu from a previous expedition on Baruntse last fall.
* more : – Andalusian female team – news
One more Spaniard for Manaslu: Carlos Pauner for his 9th 8000er
Spanish climber Carlos Pauner is attempting Manaslu this spring. Carlos, with 8, 8000ers summited, is teaming up with Javier Pérez.
* more : – Carlos Pauner
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