American Eric Larsen and his four Sherpa climbers bagged the first Everest fall season summits in four years today at noon. On Cho Oyu, Adrian Sanchez reported summiting on October 7. The “Jordis” are preparing for a summit push on Lhotse’s south face; Daisuke Honda’s body was found on Dhaulagiri.
Eric Larsen and his Sherpas Dawa Gylatzen, Tshering (Chhering) Dorje, Pasang Temba and Dawa Tenzing bagged the first Everest fall season summit in four years today. The team topped-out at 12:30PM after climbing from C4 in the South Col route, using supplementary O2.
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Safely back in C4 at the South Col, Eric heartedly thanked his Sherpa team for an amazing job. They fixed all the route from the Col on the way to the summit.
The team took advantage of the so-called weather window, identified by ExplorersWeb’s weather team. Check a story published five years ago, but still applicable here.
Forecasts show heavy snow storms in the upcoming days and then increasing winds.
Argentinean climber Adrian Sanchez, who turned back on a summit push together with Ecuadorian Santiago Quintero on October 6, reportedly climbed again from C2 and, taking advantage of the open trail, topped-out the following day. A detailed report and summit images are expected.
Meanwhile, Santiago launched yet another summit push yesterday. Weakened and fighting strong wind and the bitter cold, Santiago retreated one more time from the summit plateau.
Jordi Corominas and Jordi Tosas were on their way back to BC after climbing a portion of Lhotse’s south face. In spite of loads of snow reported, once they get some rest will be ready to launch a definite summit bid. Descent may be done via Lhotse-Everest normal route.
Israel Blanco left the expedition due to illness last week.
Search parties have found the body of Daisuke Honda, one of the four climbers swept by an avalanche two weeks ago. Daisuke’s remains were found buried in the snow at about 5,000 meters.
Update on Lukla plane crash
No one was hurt in the plane crash at Lukla airport earlier this week, SummitClimb team reported. “Apparently, his brakes failed and the plane crashed into the wall at the end of the runway, damaging the nose,”
The airport was closed for hours, which added to the previous delays due to bad weather conditions. Also, an airline’s labor union went on strike at the airport on Wednesday.
Mustang 6000ers ski
“When I broke my ankle on May 1 last spring, I was at 17,600 feet on Baruntse,” Ben Clark wrote in an email to ExplorersWeb. “Now here I am again today, returning to wrestle with ambition and not the ankle. Baruntse will lay on the shelf until Spring 2012. Tonight our crooked spines will rest easy knowing we have arrived in Nepal for great skiing in the province of Mustang, where we will climb and ski a 6,000-meter peak named Saribung.”
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