Summer 2013: Summits on GII, Updates from Nanga Parbat, K2, Uli Biaho

Success on Nanga Parbat
All four Romanian climbers safely reached Base Camp after summiting Nanga Parbat. Marius Gane, Teo Vlad, Zsolt Torok, and Aurel Salasan made it to the top on July 19th via Schell route. The team is already back to Gilgit and are hoping to be back in Romania on July 27th.
The Romanian Team; Source

GII Summits

Utilizing the tiny weather window that lasted till July 21st, several climbers have reportedly made it to the top of GII.

The Taiwanese GII Expedition reports that two members of the team, Lu Chung-Han and Huang Wen-Chen, reached the summit on July 17th. Huang’s progress was a bit slow, but he eventually managed to reach the top at 1530hrs local time, approximately three hours after Lu. Two members of the team, Lin Wen-i and Chen Kuo-Chun, had to turn back due to exhaustion and a leg injury.

The list of Kobler-Parter Expedition summiteers is, Pierre Yves Bonvin, Muhammad Ali, Kanchha Lama Sherpa, Ngima Chhiring Lama and Suzzane Husser. As previously reported, they also summited on July 17th.

On July 18th, AMICAL alpin team’s following members were atop GII: Thomas Lammle, Hans-Gunter Weinand, Helga Soll, Jurgen Greher, Jorg Klocke, Bastian Guggenberger, Volker Schumann, Nikolaus Gruber and HAP Ali Raza (Sadpara).

It’s also reported that Jose Rivadenerira of Ecuador made it to the top on July 19th.

As per update on Chris Burke’s blog, around a dozen climbers summited on July 21st. Kiwi Chris Jensen Burke, Lakpa Sherpa, Belgian Stef Maginelle and Guido Riemenschneider, Maltese Gregory Attard and Hungarian Varga Csaba were amongst those who reached the top.

International team of Grace McDonald, Mark Quinn and Jonathan Kedrowski, led by Arnold Coster, left BC on July 22nd. Their aim is to reach the summit on July 25th. Belgians Sofie and Koen are planning for summit on 26th.

Spanish firefighter Carlos Garranzo with two companions are awaiting weather window to go for summit.

Muhammad at the summit of GII; Source

Waiting at K2 BC

Around 21 climbers are waiting at K2 Base Camp for better weather to make an attempt to reach the summit. A summit window is expected after July 27th. So, teams will be leaving BC on 24th. All climbers will climb Abruzzi Ridge.

New Route on Uli Biaho

Three members of Italian team, Matteo Della Bordella, Luca Schiera and Silvan Schüpbach, have successfully opened a new route on the West Face of Uli Biaho Tower (6109m). The trio reached the top on Sunday, July 21, 2013. Originally, they intended to climb South East Face, but challenges of the wall forced them to change the plan. Ascent details will be available once the team returns.
Uli Biaho; Source

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