According to Black Yak, Eun-Sun Oh set off for her summit push this morning between 2:00 and 3:00 am. According to veteran Himalaya forecaster Javier G. Corripio a spike in the winds is expected today. Most other climbers reported from C3/C4 during Sunday/Monday, planning to join the push.
In other news: a dark horse couple reaches the North Pole as the only unsupported team following a hairy last trek; an incredible air rescue on Manaslu this morning; and young sailor Abby Sunderland ends her record attempt.
More dark clouds mounting on Anna summit push; Miss Oh’s Kanchen summit “disputed” after renewed accusations Rumor began spreading last week in Spanish media: Edurne Pasaban told a “journalist friend” about a Sherpa stating that Miss Oh never reached the summit of Kangchenjunga last year. Pasaban and her team passed their doubts also to Miss Hawley, who said she would continue to include Oh’s 2009 Kanchenjunga ascent in the database, but would describe it as “disputed” in future editions. Miss Oh’s sponsoring Black Yak answered with a heated press release, while the climber herself deals with high winds and summit push on Annapurna, her last 8000er.
Teen girls sail update: Abby ending non-stop attempt Within close to 100 days of her record attempt and before the next big waypoint, Cape Aghulas in South Africa, Abby made her decision: “I am going to be pulling into Cape Town for repairs thus ending my non-stop attempt,” she wrote.
Air Zermatt + Fishtail Air first rescues on Kyajo Ri and Manaslu Air Zermatt of Switzerland and Fishtail Air of Nepal have joined forces to provide the first Himalayan standby helicopter rescue service in history. The first missions took them to Kyajo Ri, where the body of a Danish climber was recovered, and Manaslu, with 1 dead climber, 1 missing and 7 rescued.
Tente Lagunilla on Manaslu rescues: “The Impossible has happened today” The Spanish on Manaslu witnessed an aerial rescue performed at 6,500m that saved seven lives earlier today. The chopper showed up just hours after a Korean team called SOS. “It’s been an amazing feat,” Spaniards said.
Himalaya wrap-up: The Icelandic ash cloud had Himalaya bound teams stuck in London. On Iceland, one Everest summiteer and a polar skier came much closer than that. On Everest and Lhotse, teams were in stand-by mode while Sherpas fixed the route to Camp 3. No Guts Know Glory West Canada team member John O’Shaughnessy reports for ExplorersWeb straight from Everest south side Base Camp.
Dhaulagiri newsflash: Iranian summits “In the 50th anniversary of Dhaula’s first ascent by a Swiss/Austrian expedition, Iran’s national expedition topped out Dhaulagiri early this morning, April 26th,” Iran Mountain Zone reported.
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