Autumn 2013 | More Summits on Cho Oyu

Summit window on Cho Oyu, which initially appeared to be closing on 25th September, lasted a bit longer. Looking at this change in weather pattern, few teams decided to go for the summit before the arrival of snow storm. As reported yesterday, the climbers had reached C3 and were all set to go for the summit at night. It appears that majority of them made it to the top, this morning (Sept 26th). Other teams are at ABC, waiting for a weather window to push for the summit. As per forecast, the conditions shall improve at the start of next week.

From Cho Oyu summit at sunrise, today; the shadow goes all the way to infinity; Source

Azim Gheichisaz bagged his 12th 8000m peak this morning, when he topped Cho Oyu. Having left the C3 at around mid night, he reached the summit at 0800am local time.

Catalonian, Ferran Latorre, was also successful on Cho Oyu, today. It was his 9th eight-thousander. He climbed the peak as a part of CAT14x8000er project. Ferran's aim is to become the first Catalonian to summit all 8000ers without oxygen.

Azim and Ferran at the summit; Source

Two commercial teams, Summit Climb and Alpine Ascents, were also successful, today.

As per Alpine Ascents' leader, Ben Jones, nine members of the team (Kat, Mags, Mike, Lakpa Rita, Tserring, Fur Koncha, Kami, Mingma, and Ben Jones) reached the summit at around 0630am Nepal time, today. “It was a beautiful day with no wind and incredible views. … We have descended all the way back to camp 1 from the summit!!! What a strong team! As soon as, we arrived (at C1) the dark clouds, snow, and wind have picked up and we are really happy to be back down to camp 1.” 

Led by Dan Mazur, the Summit Climb team also summited today. Message from the expedition leader reads, “SummitClimb team now standing at top Mount Cho Oyu. Warm with light wind. Starting to snow, time to descend!

Alpine Ascents team at summit; Source

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