Just a very brief update on Annapurna today over at MountEverest.net. It seems that Russian Serguey Bogomolov has given up on his attempt to summit after experiencing issues with his eyes. We don’t really know what the problem is at this point, and it could be anything from snow blindness to frozen corneas to who knows what.
At this point, we do know that Fernando Gonzalez, Andrew Lock, and Ivan Vallejo are still moving up the mountain and planning to make their summit bid. Lets all keep our fingers crossed and hold our breath while they’re up there. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how temperamental Annapurna can be. Climb safe guys!
Update: MountEverest.net has posted an update with news that Andrew, Ivan, and Fernando have summitted Annapurna, and are now making their descent. Word is that they have returned to C4, but that conditions on the mountain are taking a turn for the worse, with bad weather moving in. The three men will have to climb over open, exposed areas of the mountain, that are prone to avalanches before they’ll get down safe. This follows 14 hours of climbing that put them on top at between 3 or 4 PM local time.
Well done boys, but you’re not down yet. Finish it off and come home safely. I’ll post more as it comes in!