Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Everest fall season summits and Cho Oyu too.

American Eric Larsen and his four Sherpa climbers bagged the first Everest fall season summits in four years today at noon. On Cho Oyu, Adrian Sanchez reported summiting on October 7. The “Jordis” are preparing for a summit push on Lhotse’s south face; Daisuke Honda’s body was found on Dhaulagiri.


Eric Larsen and his Sherpas Dawa Gylatzen, Tshering (Chhering) Dorje, Pasang Temba and Dawa Tenzing bagged the first Everest fall season summit in four years today. The team topped-out at 12:30PM after climbing from C4 in the South Col route, using supplementary O2.

* This image was originally posted to http://savethepoles.com/press/

Safely back in C4 at the South Col, Eric heartedly thanked his Sherpa team for an amazing job. They fixed all the route from the Col on the way to the summit.

The team took advantage of the so-called weather window, identified by ExplorersWeb’s weather team. Check a story published five years ago, but still applicable here.

Forecasts show heavy snow storms in the upcoming days and then increasing winds.

Cho Oyu

Argentinean climber Adrian Sanchez, who turned back on a summit push together with Ecuadorian Santiago Quintero on October 6, reportedly climbed again from C2 and, taking advantage of the open trail, topped-out the following day. A detailed report and summit images are expected.

Meanwhile, Santiago launched yet another summit push yesterday. Weakened and fighting strong wind and the bitter cold, Santiago retreated one more time from the summit plateau.


Jordi Corominas and Jordi Tosas were on their way back to BC after climbing a portion of Lhotse’s south face. In spite of loads of snow reported, once they get some rest will be ready to launch a definite summit bid. Descent may be done via Lhotse-Everest normal route.

Israel Blanco left the expedition due to illness last week.


Search parties have found the body of Daisuke Honda, one of the four climbers swept by an avalanche two weeks ago. Daisuke’s remains were found buried in the snow at about 5,000 meters.

Update on Lukla plane crash

No one was hurt in the plane crash at Lukla airport earlier this week, SummitClimb team reported. “Apparently, his brakes failed and the plane crashed into the wall at the end of the runway, damaging the nose,”

The airport was closed for hours, which added to the previous delays due to bad weather conditions. Also, an airline’s labor union went on strike at the airport on Wednesday.

Mustang 6000ers ski

“When I broke my ankle on May 1 last spring, I was at 17,600 feet on Baruntse,” Ben Clark wrote in an email to ExplorersWeb. “Now here I am again today, returning to wrestle with ambition and not the ankle. Baruntse will lay on the shelf until Spring 2012. Tonight our crooked spines will rest easy knowing we have arrived in Nepal for great skiing in the province of Mustang, where we will climb and ski a 6,000-meter peak named Saribung.”

* Previous story :

Himalaya Fall 2010: Eric Summits Everest, Completes Save The Poles Expedition!

Himalaya Fall 2010: Eric Larsen In Camp 3, High Winds Predicted For Summit Day.

Himalaya Fall 2010: Eric Larsen Begins Summit Push On Everest.

Himalaya 2010 wrap-up: Cho Oyu update, Pauner about Manaslu summit, Everest C4, Lama Geshe recovering.

Himalaya Fall 2010: Summits On Manaslu and Cho Oyu.

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

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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