Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Shisha climbers shocked by Piantoni’s fate, Miss Oh’s Annapurna summit push ahead, Manaslu teams heading home.

(MountEverest.net) “I’m not a bull-fighter; I don’t want to die in the ring.” Packing up, Edurne Pasaban reflected on her decision when minutes later she was stunned about Roby Piantoni, perished on the very same face she had just renounced to climb.

Meanwhile on Annapurna, Korean Oh Eun-Sun prepares to set off on a second summit push in spite of the gale, while Manaslu climbers are throwing the towel in and heading home.

Shisha Pangma – south side

“Winds picked up to nearly 100km/h at altitude today,” Edurne Pasaban told ExplorersWeb earlier today. “A summit bid in such conditions would have been irresponsible, with zero chances of success at an unbearably high risk.” Italian Roby Piantoni

“I can’t help thinking of bull-fighters – many of them say they want to die in the ring. That’s not me, I want to die old.”

Al filo de lo Imposible’s home team released the sad news about Roby Piantoni’s accident on Shisha’s south side. All climbers in BC are reportedly in deep schock, while Italy’s climbing community mourns the loss of their young climber, who apparently took a fatal fall on an icy section while on a summit push up Bonington’s route early morning today.

“We are headed home, it’s the only sensible option left for us, but we will return,” Pasaban said, adding also that Jean Troillet launched a solo attempt on the face yesterday but was forced down at about 7,000 meters by the tough conditions.

Annapurna

Korean Oh Eun-Sun is gearing up for a second summit push on Annapurna, this weekend. “Should everything go to plan, Miss Oh would attempt the summit on Tuesday or Wednesday,” Black Yak told ExWeb’s correspondent Kyu Dam Lee.

According to reports, Miss Oh and possibly other Korean climbers are currently checking conditions in C1 and C2.

Manaslu

“It snowed heavily for over six days – over five feet of fresh snow piled up and thus put an end to our summit hopes,” Guillaume Hintzy reported. “We have tried everything. But on a mountain like Manaslu, known for its high risk of avalanches, venturing up in these conditions is reckless. No sherpa would have joined us. Moreover, the return of good weather comes with a strong high altitude wind.”

“The last two teams present in Base Camp – one Mexican, one French – are going home too,” Guillaume added.

* Previous story :

–  Tragedy on Shisha Pangma, 2009 climbing season – Roby Piantoni lost on the south face.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Over For Edurne, Miss Oh Ready To Go!

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Weather Halts Many Climbs.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Details From Andrew and Ueli.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Manaslu reports – desperate rescue attempt ending sadly, Dream Guides’ summit + sky-ski debrief.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Storm pounding Himalayan 8000ers, Karakoram 2010 sneak preview.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Race against the storm on Shisha north side, note about Inaki’s route, and a few season’s records.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Lock celebrating his 14th 8000er, Miss Oh to give Annapurna a second try, Hiunchuli rescue attempt called off.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Drama on Shisha Pangma.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Miss Oh A Go For Annapurna Summit!

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : Cho Oyu Trilogy Team Goes Home.

–  Himalaya Autumn 2009 climbing season wrap-up : More Summits, Death on Cho Oyu.

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