Himalaya Update: Summit Pushes Begin on Annapurna

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Explorers Web has posted a mid-week update from the Himalaya today with news from all over the region, including Shisha Pangma, Annapurna, and Everest!

The biggest news comes from Annapurna, where we’re told that Jean Troillet’s Team on the South Side has begun their summit push. The weather is reportedly very good with clear skies, and a bright full moon, making conditions just about right to begin the assault. The latest reports have the team setting of from BC today. Meanwhile, on the North Side, the American Dare To Dream Expedition reached BC a few days back, but no updates since then has us all waiting to see when they’ll begin their climb.

Over on Shisha, Edurne Pasaban reported that the mountain was all but deserted upon their arrival in base camp, with a large Chinese team and a group of four Italians already come and gone. But her latest update says that she, along with her climbing partner Asier, have also given up their hopes of claiming another 8000m peak after spending a week on the mountain in very poor conditions. Edurne bagged Manaslu a week and a half ago, running her total to 11 8-thousanders, and she was hoping to make Shisha her 12th. Sadly, it looks like it’ll have to wait for another time.

The Peak Freaks Team reported in from Pumori, where they are reportedly “bloody knackered” following their first climb up to ABC. They’ve gone back down to BC now, but their updates marveled about the views of Everest and Lhotse from higher on the mountain. Their latest blog post today indicates that all of their gear bags have arrived now, and the climb can begin in earnest.

Speaking of Everest, ExWeb notes that there are two teams on the mountain, with a large Korean team working the Southwest Face, led by Park Young-seok, who was there last year when two of his friends perished in an avalanche. The team is reportedly led by Francois Bon, who will be attempting a speed descent on Everest. Hopefully he’ll provide video if true.

Finally, Adrian Ballinge, who recently knocked off Manaslu as part of the HiMex team, has now joined the Alpen Glow Expedition. en route to Ama Dablam. According to their latest updates, the team has reached Namche Bazaar, where they are acclimatizing and feeling strong. Good luck on completing your “Double Header” Adrian!

Kraig Becker

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