Himalaya 2010 climbing season, Karakoram and Himalaya wrap-up /21/ – Week in Review.

The past two weeks have been all about the Karakoram kick-off, the end of the Mars Ocean Odyssey voyage, a new kite record on Greenland, and…the issue of age in adventure.

Mars Ocean Odyssey Reid Stowe spent his last day of his 1152 continuous days at sea at anchor outside New York before sailing in to Pier81 World Yacht Marina to set foot on Mother Earth for the first time in over three years.

Abby Sunderland was successfully rescued of her dismasted yacht only to face an even bigger wave: of media fury. Check out ExWeb’s editorial, “Young guns current: Abigail Sunderland and the kid who flew to Space.”

Laura Dekker is grounded for yet another month by the Dutch court. The 14-year old is not happy with the decision and feels it jeopardies her possibilities of becoming the youngest to sail around the world.

No more running for young (and old) guns on Everest CTMA issued new regulations on the north side of Everest with 18 as the youngest and 60 as the oldest allowed on the peak from the Chinese side.

Age limits imposed on both sides of Everest seem to have no effect on speed record climber Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who calls for national pride as a motivation to take a 10 years old to the roof of the world next year and thus break Jordan Romero’s recent record.

Pakistan climbing: The French have broken trail to camp 2 on Gasherbrum; a Czech-Slovak combo is just back in BC after setting up C2 on Broad Peak and the Polish are close to summit push on Nanga Parbat.

With only 25 climbing permits issued for all peaks, this may be the quietest Karakoram summer yet. Just 68 climbers are expected on K2 this season, while barely six or seven teams will have the Gasherbrums for themselves. Plenty of action is building nevertheless. Check the brand new list of Karakoram expeditions posted at ExWeb.

The Basques hope to traverse BP via a new route. Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza climbed “Pastora Peak” 6,379 m peak on Khakhal glacier in two days for acclimatization. South African Mike Horn’s troop of young guns climbed a 6000er virgin summit as well, naming it Pangea. (The Pakistan Alpine Club is listing 220, 6000ers only in the Karakoram range).

First K2 pics of the season showed a heavily snow-packed mountain. ESA member Italian Giuseppe Pompili skipped a chance to take part in a simulated mission to Mars for K2 but took the road less traveled across Gondogoro La to the peak, reporting about “Househusbands of Baltoro” from the trek. K2 ski-mountaineers Ericsson (Sweden) and Cook (US) made a stop-over at Laila Peak enroute (no top due to adverse conditions).

As for the women Polish Kinga Baranowska (joining an elite team of Polish Himalayan climbers including veteran legend Anna Czerwinska) hopes to turn K2 into her 8th 8000er. (K2 Expedition 2010 : wyprawa Kingi Baranowskiej.)

British Katrina will follow in Alison’s footsteps; Austrian Gerlinde will try to be the first female to bag all 14 without supplementary oxygen; Canuck Meagan is headed for the peak straight from Himalaya and the South Pole.

* see : Polish famous climbers – The golden decade of Polish Himalayan mountaineering.

The face of courage: Iranian Leila K2 requires twice the courage for Iranian Leila Esfandiari and ExWeb’s Pakistan correspondent Karrar Haidri caught up with her during the briefing session at the Pakistan Alpine Club in Islamabad.

French Arian Lemal is back to the Gasherbrums for yet another clean-up.

2009 Elbrus race video: archive footage and memorable comments A video from last years Elbrus race has been compiled for all who’d like to check their climbing speed against hard-core world mountaineers such as Kazakh Denis Urubko… in a typical Russian setting.

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