Sorry about the lack of updates today, but the day job had me confined in a single meeting for ten hours, and I’m just now catching up on a few things before I go pack my back for Chicago where I’ll be hanging out with the Gadling blogging crew for the weekend. But before tha happens, I wanted to post a couple of quick stories.
First up, ExWeb is reporting that Denis Urubko has topped out on Cho Oyu today, claiming the first summit on that mountain of the season. For the Kazakh climbing legend this is his 14th 8000m peak, which means he has added his name to a very elite list of men who have claimed all of those summits. Denis went up the unclimbed South East face on Cho Oyu in a single push, alpine style, and is reportedly safe and sound back in BC. Congrats Denis! Well done!
On Everest, things are proceeding according to plan, with teams still moving up the mountain and getting into position to take advantage of a possible weather window this weekend. Summits are expected to begin taking place this Sunday and Monday, although teams are keeping an eye on the winds, as they could kick up in the next few days, preventing summits once again. On the North Side, it looks like Summits could be in order for the end of next week, possibly starting on the 21st.
Meanwhile, the Ski The Himalaya Team is back in BC after turning back below the summit. They promise more information soon, but you can checkout the video interview from CNN below. They did make the ski descent they had hoped for, even though they didn’t top out, but they aren’t quite done with Baruntse yet, and intend to go back up for another attempt on the summit via a different route.
Embedded video from CNN Video
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