The team was climbing in celebration of the 80th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a much beloved figure in Thailand. They were climbing via the South Col route, and there is very little information as to why the team turned back.
It’s a bit odd that we haven’t heard more about this climb. Fall summit attempts are a bit on the rare side, and they were the only team on the mountain for the season. I remember hearing about the expedition when it was announced back in September, but there have been few, if any updates since that time. Hopefully we’ll get a post climb dispatch in the near future to update us on how the climb went, and why they decided to turn back with the summit in sight.
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