News is expected from Santiago Quintero, virtually the last man standing on Cho Oyu; back at home, Carlos Pauner talks about the elusive Manaslu summit; and Eric Larsen waits for the Sherpas to fix the route on Everest. Far from his home in the Khumbu valley, Pangboche’s Lama Geshe slowly recovers from a stroke in a Kathmandu hospital.
“Manaslu summit is further than I had expected,” Carlos Pauner and Javier Perez told ExplorersWeb at arrival in Madrid airport today. “Sure, there is a col and then a sharp snow ridge, but when you get to what you think is the top, you still have to go down and further on, across two other bumps before reaching the real top from where the slope clearly drops down,” Pauner explained.
“On a previous attempt, I turned back at the col thinking I had only a few meters left to go. Now I see there was more. I suggest those interested in mountain stats to check Manaslu summit pics carefully before confirming them as valid,” he said, smiling.
Carlos also reported on his summit day. “We set off before anyone else on October 1, but the HiMex team soon passed us by. They were inhaling O2 at 4 liters per minute and thus going extremely fast. They took about three hours to get from high camp to the top”
Otherwise, Pauner is happy after bagging his tenth 8000er and looking forward to go for Lhotse in spring 2011.
“They set off towards C2 yesterday, but the winds were very severe and it was a great effort just to come back down safely,” FTA home team reported. “Fabrizio did manage to make his way to C2 to clear the tents in 30km/hr winds and very cold temps though.” The team expects to leave BC tomorrow.
Meanwhile, news is expected from Ecuadorian Santiago Quintero, reportedly trying to top-out today from C2 in spite of high winds.”
Eric Larsen waits in BC while the Sherpa team fixes the route to the South Col. All going well, Eric aims for a summit attempt within two weeks.
Lama Geshe recovering from a stroke
Lama Geshe, from Pangboche Monastery, is slowly recovering from a stroke suffered in September 20. Geshe, 79, is the highest ranking Buddhist Lama in the area. “Almost every climber to the Everest region visits him to receive a blessing before their climb,” Alan Arnette reported. “For many climbers and trekkers, this is one of the highlights and life long memory of their visit to Nepal.”
Alan provided details on his website and set up a donation fund, directed by Geshe’s son, Jigme Sherpa. Himalayan climbers familiar to the Khumbu region hurried to post comments of concern and best wishes for the Lama, who blesses climbing teams for a safe foray up the mountains.
“There has been about $800 in donations thus far,” Alan told ExplorersWeb earlier today. “Lama Geshe is better but looking at five months in Kathmandu.”
“My father is doing better day by day,” Jigme Sherpa confirmed. “Now that he is conscious he always talks about returning back home in Pangbohce. He has always loved the mountains and the fresh air that you can feel there. He also wants to eat food grown in the Khumbu valley. [However], he will be here in Kathmandu for at least five or six months.This is the best for him, as in the Khumbu there are no health facilities and further services that might be required to assist him.”
News from Pakistan: 2011 porters wages
Pakistan Ministry of Tourism has decided to adopt the rise in porters wages for 2011 to the inflation rate of the country (i.e. 11.73%). Planned overall wages will reach 455 Pakistan Rupees per stage, plus extra fees for each high passage crossed, rest days, kit allowance and meat money.
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