The Fall season on Shisha Pangma was long, cold, and very snowy. The mountain turned back every team, and sent them home with summit dreams retreating for another year. Even the central summit was out of reach, thanks to waist deep snow and treacherous conditions.
Today, that all changed, as ExWeb is reporting that Danielle Fisher has topped out on Shisha Pangma, claiming the first, and likely only, summit of the season. Danielle was climbing as part of an Alpine Ascents expedition, and their website indicates that she reached the summit along with Lakpa Rita Sherpa. More details will follow, once the two have safely returned to base camp.
Danielle, and American climber, is quite an accomplished mountaineer, even at the age of 22. Not only has she completed the Seven Summits, and was the youngest to do so at the time. She also made an attempt on GII last year, also with Alpine Ascents. Of course Lakpa Rita Sherpa nees no introduction, having climbed Everest eight times. Both attempted Cho Oyu together past Spring, and have now added Shisha to their resumes.
Great climbing! Now get home safe. We want to hear more about your climb!
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