Himalaya Fall 2010: Avalanche on Dhaulagiri – three Japanese climbers and one Sherpa missing.

Posted: Sep 30, 2010 10:28 am EDT
Story update 1:10PM: An avalanche hit Japan’s Association of Professional Guides team on Dhaulagiri on Tuesday, Jusuke Hirai reports. Osamu Tanabe, 49, Toshio Yamamoto, 36, and Daisuke Honda, 32, plus Pasang Gyelu Sherpa are missing since then.

Dhaulagiri, 8,167m. (courtesy Edurne Pasaban, http://www.edurnepasaban.com)

Two other members have been rescued alive, according to Yusuke, and have just caught a flight back to Japan. A chopper was assigned to search the area today and some Japanese guides might travel to Nepal this weekend, hoping to help in searching labors.

Osamu Tanabe, 49, is one of the leading high altitude climbers in Japan. He has summited nine 8000ers, among them a “winterly” climb on Everest in 1993 (Osamu summited on December 20, one day before the beginning of calendar winter). After attempts in 2001 and 2003, he led the team whose members climbed Lhotse’s south face in winter 2007 (the team didn’t reach the summit, but climbed the entire face).

He also climbed Nemjung Peak West Face last
year with Shinshu University Alpine Club.

Note: Contrary to previous reports, the missing climbers are not from Tokyo. Tanabe comes from the city of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture; Honda lives in the village of Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, and Yamamoto is from Asahi, Toyama Prefecture.

* Previous story :

Himalaya Fall 2010: Avalanche May End Season On Cho Oyu.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Cho Oyu summit push take 2, Manaslu teams ready.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Summit plans buried in the snow.

Himalaya Fall 2010: Climbers Injured In Avalanche on Cho Oyu.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Everest summit push plans, TMA team deserts Cho Oyu.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Everest sieged from both flanks, Cho Oyu C2, Manaslu C1.

Himalayan 2010 wrap-up: the season’s soaked kick-off.

ExWeb special on Everest 2010: The autumn of the solo climbers.

Youngest On Everest Update: China Sets Age Limit On Everest.

Youngest On Everest Update: Nepal Grants Sherpa Permission.

Youngest On Everest: Worst Fears Realized?

Everest 2010: Busy Weekend At The Summit.

Everest 2010: Jordan and Apa Summit!

Everest 2010: Teams Moving Up, Summit Bids Tonight!

Everest 2010: North Side Summit!

Himalaya 2010 climbing season: Edurne Claims Number 14, Summits on Everest!

Everest 2010: Weather Window For Sunday?

Everest 2010: More Teams Prepare For Summit Push.

Everest 2010: Teams Hit BC!

Everest 2010 wrap-up: hello Base Camp.

Everest 2010: Jordan Romero Leaves For Kathmandu, Tibet Is Open!

Everest 2010: Tibet Still Closed? Ice Doctors Going To Work!

Himalaya 2010 climbing season: Kathmandu Busy, Base Camps Showing Signs of Life.

* Related Links :

Himalaya Autumn 2010 expeditions.

Previous on fall 2010 Everest teams

Everest & Himalaya 2010 Season’s End Chronicle, take 5: Special report – The Spring of Annapurna.

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