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Himalaya Spring 2009 expeditions

Updated: Apr 20, 2009
Note: List is preliminary and subject to changes


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LHOTSE-EVEREST TRAVERSE
Kazakhs for the Everest-Lhotse traverse
Kazakhstan's National team is aiming for a world's first: the Lhotse-Everest traverse.

Members are Maxut Zhumaev (capitan), Vassiliy Pivtsov, Sergey Samoilov, Artem Skopin, Evgeny Shutov, Alexander Sofrygin and Alexander Rudakov.

Within the same expedition, including Kazahh Svetlana Sharipova, and Dmitry Grekov and Nikolay Gutnik from Kyrgyzstan - are attempting only Lhotse. A third team of Baglan Zhunus and Sergey Lavrov aim just for Everest. The expedition coach is Ervand Iljinskiy.
Official expedition website: Mountain.kz
Max' website: Mount.kz
Info on RussianClimb.com

EVEREST TRAVERSE
Bill Burke's S/N traverse
American Bill Burke is on his third attempt to reach Everest’s summit. Climbing from the south side, once on top he hopes to traverse down to Tibet. At 67, he would also become the oldest American to top-out Everest.
www.eightsummits.com

EVEREST SOUTH
First Ascent American All Star Team
Rainier Mountain Guides is outfitting an American all-star expedition aiming for Everest: The “First Ascent team” - sponsored by Eddie Bauer, led by Peter Whittaker and also featuring Ed Viesturs (14x8000ers w/o 02), Everest multi-summiteer Dave Hahn, Melissa Arnot and Seth Waterfall. Ed is going for another no-O2 Everest summit.

Accompanying the climbers is a filming crew headed by Gerry Moffatt, with Jake Norton as photographer.
www.rmiguides.com
www.firstascent.com - www.eddiebauer.com
Sherpa brothers to remain 24h atop
Nepalese brothers Pemba Dorje Sherpa (30), Nima Gyalzen I Sherpa (31) and Phurba Tenzing I Sherpa (20) will try to break Babu Chiri’s world record by staying on top of Mount Everest for 24 hours. Pemba (6), Nima (7) and Phurba (1) have achieved 14 Everest summits between them.

Pemba, who in 2004 bagged a speed record by topping-out Everest in eight hours and 10 minutes, told media he will be climbing without supplementary O2, while his brothers will use bottled gas.
Info on the climbers on Reuters.com
Richard Hidalgo’s NoO2 attempt
Peruvian Richard Hidalgo is climbing Everest without supplementary O2 or porters. He has previously summited Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu. Richard also attempted Manaslu in 2008.
www.perualhimalaya.com.pe
Singapore female Everest expedition
Six Singaporean girls hope to attempt Everest from Nepal in spring, 2009. The team summited Cho Oyu in 2007.
www.womenoneverest.com
Airborne Ranger Club of Finland
Tomi Myllys (35, leader), Arri Leino (36), Heikki Karinen (42), Mikko Vermas (35), Juha Ohtonen (41), Jussi Rahomäki (26), Timo Kemppainen (40), Antti Inkinen (33) and Esa Pietiläinen (44) hope to become the first all-Finnish team to summit Everest.

Members in the Airborne Ranger Club of Finland previously reached Shisha’s central summit in 2002 and attempted Everest from Tibet in 2005.
www.everest.fi
Croatian women' Everest expedition
A female Croatian team is preparing to attempt Everest from its south side this spring. Members departing from Zagreb on March 24th are Darko Berljak (leader), Lana Djonlagic (team doctor), Darija Bostjancic, Iris Bostjancic, Jana Mijailovic, Vedrana Simicevic, Suncica Hrascanec, Milena Sijan, Tea Djurek and Ena Vrbek. Back in 2007 Iris, Darija and Vedrana topped-out Cho Oyu without supplementary O2, together with Marija Macesic(not joining the current Everest expedition and Jana Mijailovic(who used bottled O2).

According to their home team, one of the climbers may attempt a non-stop summit push from BC to the top.
www.plsavez.hr/hr/%C5%BDenska_ekspedicija_Everest_2009
Alex Gavan
Romanian Alex Gavan plans to climb Everest without supplementary O2.

Alex will join forces with Italian Simone La Terra up to C3 on the mountain’s South side (normal route). Simone will then head for Lhotse while Alex proceeds up towards Everest's summit.

Alex has previously summited Cho Oyu, GI and Makalu.
everest.cloudclimbing.ro
Spanish Iberic Everest expedition
Members are Spaniards Rafael Sánchez, Lolo Díez, Cesar and Bruno Pérez de Tudela (father and son), José García and Ecuadorian Paulina Aulestia.
www.everest2009.es
Manuel Pizarro’s Everest2009.ca
Canadian Manuel Pizarro is ready for his second Everest summit. After reaching the top from Tibet in 2007, now he's giving a try to the south side, climbing together with long-time friend André Rossin-Arthiat.
www.pq.lung.ca/everest2009
Everest Colombia expedition
Juan Gonzalo Ospina (COL) will be leading a team comprising Anibal Piñeda, Daniel Calderón, Jorge Roa Valencia, Oscar Huérfano and Wilmar Marulanda.
everestcolombia.com
Kobold & Cross
Watchmaker Michael Kobold, 29, and Will Cross are climbing Everest from its south side. Kobold joined Ranulph Fiennes on a previous attempt in 2007, but had to quit after sliding his had open cutting food in BC. Back then he also met Everest summiteer Will Cross - at the time attempting Lhotse.

For this second go, Michael has received training from the U.S. Navy SEALs. According to reports, Ralph Fiennes will also be there, following the expedition with a BBC filming crew.
www.everest-challenge.com
www.willcrossmotivates.com
Altitude Junkies (+Project-Himalaya?)
Fully-supported team guided by Phil Crampton - who will also lead a team on Lhotse. The expedition may be launched together with Jammie McGuinness’ Project-Himalaya NZ-based outfitter.
www.altitudejunkies.com
www.project-himalaya.com
Mexicans Yuri and Laura (with Altitude Junkies team)
Mexican climbers Yuri Contreras and Laura González del Castillo are going for Everest after summiting Manaslu in fall, 2008. They'll be members in Phil Crampton's Altitude Junkies team.
www.yuricontreras.com
Mogens Jensen
After summiting Everest in 2007, Dannish Mogens Jensen is back to the hill, this time hoping to top-out from the south side. Outfitted by Asian Trekking, on the summit push Mogens will be carrying an issue of UN's Declaration of Human Rights.
Eco Everest 2009
Apa Sherpa, 18 times Everest summiteer, will lead Eco Everest Expedition 2009, also including Dawa Steven Sherpa.
www.asian-trekking.com
Lance Fox
Lance is travelling from his home flat land Wisconsin to the Himalayas on March 27th, in order to climb Everest from its south side.
www.humanedgetech.com/expedition/fox
John Golden
American John Golden is climbing Everest from its south side, together with Jon Shea and Phinjo Sherpa. Golden has a transplanted knee, as a result of a football accident back in 2005.
www.humanedgetech.com/expedition/jgolden
Ian Rogers' Climb4Life (with Altitude Junkies team)
British Ian Rogers is joining Phil Crampton's team for a first attempt on Everest, via the South Col/SE ridge route.
www.climb4life.co.uk
Peak Freaks
Owner Tim Rippel (US) is leading Canadians Patrick Bernier, Sylvia Moser, Dr. Ben Wittman, Todd Lavigne and Rod Smith; Mexican Gerardo López, German Jan Pflugradt and Israeli Daniel Keren on a fully-supported expedition. Assistant guide will be Canadian Craig Evanoff.
www.peakfreaks.com
Adventure Alternatives
Gavin Bate is guiding two clients on the SE ridge route. This will be Gavin-s fifth time on Everest.
www.everestpost.com
Adventure Consultants
The NZ-based outfitter is launching a fully-supported Everest expedition on the south side.
www.adventureconsultants.co.nz
Alpine Ascents International
The American outfitter is again launching a fully-supported expedition on Everest's south side.
www.alpineascents.com
IMG
Mark Tucker will lead International Mountain Guides' Everest expedition.The company offers both a fully-supplied trip and a non-guided option.
www.mountainguides.com
Mountain Madness
One more season, Willie Benegas will lead MM's fully-supported expedition.
www.mountainmadness.com
Nancy Norris: Everest at 65
Nancy Norris hopes to become the oldest north American woman to summit Everest this spring, and the oldest female 7 Summits summiteer. A personal trainer and Yoga instructor, Nancy will climb Everest via its south side.
www.nancynorris.net
Summit Climb
American Dan Mazur's outfitter is launching an Everest expedition on the south side, led by Sam Mansikka.
www.summitclimb.com
Jason Maehl (with Summit Climb)
Jason, from Billings (Montana) hopes to turn Everest into his second of his Seven Summits after previously climbing Aconcagua in 2008 via the Polish Traverse Route. A member in SummitClimb expedition team, Jason hopes to reach the summit in spite of having a vocal cord dysfunction (VCD).
www.jasontheclimber.com/
Scott Woolums’ Adventures International
Scott Woolums’ Adventures International outfitter is also expected on Everest’s south side. Sharing logistics with Project-Himalaya and Altitude Junkies, Woolums’ small team will have their own BC and Sherpa team though.
exploreyourplanet.com
Stranges for Everest
Johnny Strange, 17, hopes to become the youngest American to climb Mount Everest, and the youngest 7Summiteer worldwide. Climbing with his father Brian Strange, Johnny scaled Mt Vinson (Antarctica) at age 12, followed by the summits of Elbrus, Aconcagua, Denali and Kilimanjaro. The Stranges are joining Scott Woolums' expedition.
www.humanedgetech.com/expedition/strange/
Laserer Alpin team
The Austrian outfitter is launching a team on Everest's South side this spring.
www.Laserer-alpin.at
Thomas Arnold (with Laserer Alpin team)
Thomas “Tomsky” Arnold from Germany is attempting Everest as member in Austrian Laserer-alpin team. Tomsky haspreviously climbed Aconcagua, Vinson, Elbrus and Kilimanjaro.
www.tomsky.de
Jagged Globe
The UK-based outfitter is launching a fully-supported expedition on Everest's South col route.
www.jagged-globe.co.uk
Dream Guides
Fully-supported expedition led by British Kenton Cool.
www.dreamguides.com
Adventure Peaks
The trip is described on the outfitter's website as a "professionally led, non-guided expedition for experienced mountaineers." Appointed team leader in 2009 shall be either Stuart Peacock or Dave Pritt.
www.adventurepeaks.com
Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss expedition outfitter offers expeditions on both sides of Everest.
www.kobler-partner.ch
Ice8000
Henry Todd's outfitter offers expeditions on Everest and Lhotse. www.ice8000.com
Green Gibbon expeditions
www.everest2009.com
Yury Pritzker
himalayasdream.com
7Summits Club
Seven Summits Club Everest Expedition is finally being launched from the peak’s Nepalese, South side – a first for the otherwise Everest veteran leader Alex Abramov.

The team includes leader Alexander Abramov, guides Nikolay Cherny, Maxim Bogatiryov and Viktor Bobok; doctor and BC manager Avaz Makthalikov, and climbers Vladimir Khutorovsky (Russia), Andrey Carpenco (Russia), Dmitry Nikitin (Russia), Philippe Burlet (France), Erik Ravenstijn (Germany), Michael James Marin (USA), John Anthony Crelling(Great Britain), Patrick Rajnaraine Singh (Canada), Lynne Hanna(Great Britain), and Noel Richmond Hanna (Great Britain).
www.7summits-club.com
Nic Cunningham
American Nic Cunningham is climbing Everest from its south side under Asian Trekking logistics. At 26, Nic has just Everest left to complete the 7 Summits.
www.climbingseven.com
HimEx
Russell Brice is switching to Everest's south side this year. His huge, fully-supported team includes five guides: Adrian Ballinger (Brit expat living in Colorado), British Shaun Huston, and new Zealanders Dean Staples, Mark Woodward and Mark Whetu (also expedition cameraman); expedition Doctor Monica Piris (from Spain), a large number of Hi Altitude Sherpas and BC staff, and a filming crew by Discovery Channel following the expedition.

Members in HiMex team are south African John, on his first Himalayan experience; French Antoine, Cho Oyu summiteer and with a previous Everest attempt on his resume; American Bruce and Chinese Oiu Xi Qiang, Jing, and Zhiwei. Check on other team members listed separately:
www.himex.com
David Tait – NoO2 attempt (with HiMex)
An Everest summiteer (2005) and traverser (2007), this times Briton David Tait hopes to top-out Everest without supplementary O2. Successful or not, this will be his last time on the mountain, he has stated.
www.davidtait.com
Adrian Ballinger (guiding with HiMex)
Although guiding for HiMex this season, Adrian also runs a guiding company of his own: Alpenglow expeditions.
www.alpenglowexpeditions.com
French Eugene Constant (with HiMex)
www.everest2009.fr
Billi Bierling (with HiMex)
German Billi currently lives in Nepal, working as a journalist, a mountain guide and assistant with Elizabeth Hawley.
www.billibierling.com
Alec Turner (with HiMex)
Alec, from Fairbanks (Alaska) hopes to turn Everest into the first of his Seven Summits. Previously, he attempted Denali twice.
www.glacierboy.com
Megan Delanty (with HiMex)
A San Francisco resident, Megan attempted Everest in 2007.
hitopadventures.blogspot.com
Christopher Dovell (with HiMex)
Currently living in London, Chris previously attempted Cho Oyu in 2007.
chrisdovell.blogspot.com
Norwegians Hjertnes, Jacobsen and Rambøl (with HiMex)
Norwegians Asbjørn Hjertenes, Thomas Svane Jacobsen and Tommy Rambøl comprise a team on their own within HiMex's logistics. They've all previously summited Aconcagua and Cho Oyu, among other peaks.
www.everest2009.no/
Robert Kojetin (with HiMex)
Robby, from Durban (South Africa), has previously climbed Aconcagua, Elbrus and Kilimanjaro.
www.climbofhope.com
Gilad Stern (with HiMex)
Gilad lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
www.giladstern.co.za
Ellen Miller (with HiMex)
By summiting from Nepal in 2002, Ellen became the first American woman to summit Everest from Both sides – she had previously topped-out one year before after climbing from Tibet. Now she is back to the mountain, but apparently not attempting the summit again. According to expedition mates, Ellen may join the team but eventually head for Lhotse.
www.womenontopoftheworld.com

EVEREST NORTH
Andrew Lock’s 14x8000ers grand final: Shisha Pangma + No O2 Everest
Andrew Lock hopes to become the first Australian to complete the 14x8000ers list, by summiting Shisha Pangma. After Shisha he'll attempt a no-O2 ascent on Everest's north side on his own. Andrew has summited Everest twice before, both with supplementary oxygen.
andrew-lock.com
Czechs for Everest’s Hornbein Couloir (no O2) and Annapurna double-header
2007's K2 summiteer Libor Uher is leading a team of fellow Czech climbers on an ambitious double header this Spring: Everest’s Hornbein Couloir (on the north side) and Annapurna’s East ridge.

The team, also comprising Petr Masek, Radim Sliva, Petr Valchar and Ján Behun will climb Annapurna as a training climb before heading for Everest's north side. They'll climb without supplementary o2 or high-altitude porters.
www.liboruher.cz
Jarle Traa's no-O2 climb
Norwegian Jarle Traa is off to the Himalayas, after having acclimatized in the Caucasus by climbing Elbrus twice. He's attempting Everest from its North side on his own, without supplemantary oxygen or Sherpa’s support.

Jarle has previously climbed Shisha in 2006 and on Cho Oyu in 2004.
www.jarletraa.no
Indo-Tibetan Police Border team to ski down Everest
A team of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is one more year heading for Everest. The huge, 28-member expedition will climb Everest’s north side in Tibet. Once on the summit, eight team members hope to ski back down to BC.
itbpolice.nic.in
Kanagawa University Alpine Club
The Japanese expedition launched by Kanagawa University's Alpine Club is one of the few reportedly attempting Everest from Tibet. Before heading for Everest, the climbers plan to acclimatize in Langtan area.

The expedition members have currently only Everest and Vinson to go on their 7 Summits project.
qomolangma.kubac.net/index.html
qomolangma.blog24.fc2.com
Serbian Extreme Summit team
Serbian Dragan Jacimovic is launching a commercial expedition on Everest's North side this spring.
www.extremesummitteam.com
Lee farmer
After summiting Everest from Nepal last year, British Lee farmer is now joining an unguided private expedition to attempt the mountain via the North East ridge.
www.leefarmer.co.uk
SummitClimb
Dan Mazur himself is leading SummitClimb team on Everest's Tibetan side.
www.summitclimb.com
Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss expedition outfitter offers expeditions on both sides of Everest.
www.kobler-partner.ch
7Summits.com
Launching a fully-supported trip on Everest's north side in 2009.
www.7summits.com
China/Tibet cleaning expedition
“The Tibet Autonomous Regional Environmental Protection Agency plans to cooperate with the Tibet Mountaineering School in the first half of 2009 to conduct a comprehensive clean-up of Everest, according to Zhang Yongze, Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Environmental Protection Agency,” official sources reported.
Further info on Tibet.cn

Kangchenjunga
Edurne Pasabán for her 12th
Edurne Pasabán, from the Spanish Basque Country going for Kangchenjunga, together with a strong Spanish team which also includes Juanito Oiarzabal (22x8000ers summited), Ferran Latorre (High-altitude cameraman), Asier izaguirre, Alex Chicón, and Jorge Egocheaga (climber and expedition Doctor).

Edurne Pasaban, Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Italian Nives Meroi, the three women dueling to be the first female to summit all 8000ers, are tied with 11 mountains each in the curriculum.
www.edurnepasaban.net
Magic Line leader Oscar Cadiach back to Kangchenjunga
Leader of the 2004 K2 Magic Line expedition, Spanish Oscar Cadiach is returning to Kangchenjunga two years after his climbing mate Iñigo Pineda was killed in their attempt on the mountain. Oscar is back with Julen Requeta, Kobe Lasa, Patxi Goñi and Alberto Zerain.

If all goes well on Kanchen, Zerain - with 6x8000ers summited (incl K2 last summer) - might attempt Yalung Kang as well.

Polish Kinga Baranowska has joined Cadiach's team, hoping to turn Kangchenjunga into her 6th, 8000er.
Info on Elcorreodigital.com
www.kingabaranowska.com
Korean Oh Eun-sun aiming for 4x8000ers in one year
South Korean lady climber Oh Eun-sun hopes to climb all 14x8000ers in a record time. Oh claims nine 8000+ meter summits achieved(number varies depending surces) and hopes to bag four more this year. She might be attempting all four peaks without supplementary O2, according to media.

Oh is starting this spring season by climbing Kangchenjunga.
Norwegian-Swedish Kangchenjunga expedition
Norwegian Jon Gangdal and Mattias Karlsson will attempt Kang with Dawa Tenzing Sherpa, Dawa Chhiri Sherpa and Pasang Sherpa.
gangdal.com/kangchenjunga/index.htm

Annapurna
Koreans for Anna, Dhaula & Manaslu hat-trick
A five member-strong Koream team hopes to climb Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in spring, 2009. The climbers, outfitted by Ang Karma’s WindHorse Trekking, will follow the normal route on all three peaks. Prior to departure, the Korean team hoped to find new members to share climbing permits with.
www.windhorse-trek.com
Babanov & Afanasiev for a new route on Anna's West face
After climbing Broad Peak & G1 last summer, Valeri Babanov and Victor Afanasiev are teaming up again, hoping to open a new route on Annapurna's West face.

The Russian climbers will first acclimatize on Anna's south side, and then move wothout porters to the West face, where they will climb via a new route, alpine style.
www.babanov.com
Czechs for Everest’s Hornbein Couloir (no O2) and Annapurna double-header
2007's K2 summiteer Libor Uher is leading a team of fellow Czech climbers on an ambitious double header this Spring: Everest’s Hornbein Couloir (on the north side) and Annapurna’s East ridge.

The team, also comprising Petr Masek, Radim Sliva, Petr Valchar and Ján Behun will climb Annapurna as a training climb before heading for Everest's north side. They'll climb without supplementary o2 or high-altitude porters.
www.liboruher.cz
Nives Meroi & Romano Benet for their 12th
Originally heading for Kangchenjunga, Nives Meroi and husband Romano Benet have switched goals and will attempt Annapurna instead.

Spanish (Basque) Edurne Pasaban, Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Italian Nives Meroi, the three women dueling to be the first female to summit all 8000ers, are tied with 11 mountains each in the curriculum.
www.nives.alpinizem.net
Minarik, Revol & Kopold for Anna’s South face
Czech Martin Minarik, French (female) Elisabeth Revol and Slovak Dodo Kopold are teaming up to attempt Annapurna’s sheer south face.
www.martinminarik.cz
www.romanticczechtours.com
himalaya-light.over-blog.com
www.dodokopold.com

Makalu
Iñurrategi, Vallejo and Zabalza for Makalu West Pillar in alpine style
After clibing GIV up to the summit ridge last year, Basque (Spanish) Alberto Iñurrategi (14x8,000ers summiteer), Juan Vallejo (8x8,000ers summited) and Mikel Zabalza are going for Makalu West Pillar, alpine style.The team will previously acclimatize on Baruntse.

Mikel Zabalza was originally climbing Kanchenjunga as member on Edurne Pasaban’s team.
www.basqueteam.com
Fabrizio Zangrilli guiding on the "Great Black"
American mountain guide Fabrizio Zangrilli is leading a team on Makalu, starting April, 10.
mbdclimbing.blogspot.com
fabriziozangrilliguiding.blogspot.com
Jorge Salazar for his 3rd 8000er
After summiting Broad Peak in 2007 and Everest in 2008, Mexican Jorge Salazar is now heading for Makalu.
Info on jorge on Montanismo.org.mx
Roland Hunter & Mick Parker
British Roland Hunter is teaming up with Mick Parker on a non-commercial, private expedition attempting Makalu. Roland runs his own expedition outfitter, The Mountain Company.
themountaincompany.blogspot.com
themountaincompany.co.uk
Shekhar Babu
Indian Shekhar Babu is heading for Makalu this spring.

Dhaulagiri
“Two Peters” Hamor & Morawski for a Dhaula+Manaslu double header
Slovak Peter Hamor and Polish Piotr Morawski are going for Dhaulagiri and Manaslu in spring. The climbers will acclimatize by summiting Dhaula via the Japanese route, and then will attempt a new route on Manaslu's west face.
www. piotrmorawski.com
www.peterhamor.sk
Koreans for Anna, Dhaula & Manaslu hat-trick
A five member-strong Koream team hopes to climb Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in spring, 2009. The climbers, outfitted by Ang Karma’s WindHorse Trekking, will follow the normal route on all three peaks. Prior to departure, the Korean team hoped to find new members to share climbing permits with.
www.windhorse-trek.com
Luis Stitzinger's sky-ski expedition
German Luis Stitzinger aims for a complete ski-descent on Dhaulagiri. Stitzinger’s team of 9 climbers from Germany and Austria are climbing Dhaula’s normal, NE ridge route.

Once on top, all but Luis will head down on foot, while he attempts the first ski descent of Dhaula.
www.goclimbamountain.de
Nobukazu Kuriki
Originally attempting Everest's North side, problems to obtain a climbing permit forced Japanese Nobukazu Kuriki to switch goals: He is climbing Dhaulagiri instead, and might give Everest a try in fall. Nobukazu is attempting Dhaula as an independent climber.
www.plus-blog.sportsnavi.com/bt_nobukazu2
Mehdi Etemadfar: From Iran to Dhaulagiri
Iranian climber Mehdi Etemadfar is on his second attempt to summit Dhaulagiri. Etemadfar is a member in a seven men-strong international expedition, climbing on the mountain’s NE classic route.

Mehdi has previously climbed Broad Peak, GI, and the highest summits of the former soviet Union (thus gaining the “Snow Leopard” title).
http://www.mountainzone.ir/news.htm#dhaula1

Manaslu
“Two Peters” Hamor & Morawski for a Dhaula+Manaslu double header
Slovak Peter Hamor and Polish Piotr Morawski are going for Dhaulagiri and Manaslu in spring. The climbers will acclimatize by summiting Dhaula via the Japanese route, and then will attempt a new route on Manaslu's west face.
www. piotrmorawski.com
www.peterhamor.sk
Koreans for Anna, Dhaula & Manaslu hat-trick
A five member-strong Koream team hopes to climb Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in spring, 2009. The climbers, outfitted by Ang Karma’s WindHorse Trekking, will follow the normal route on all three peaks. Prior to departure, the Korean team hoped to find new members to share climbing permits with.
www.windhorse-trek.com
Joao Garcia for his 12th 8000er
Portuguese climber Joao Garcia is attempting Manaslu in spring, teaming up with Belgian Jean-Luc Fohal, and French Johan Jérémie Perrier. Should Joao succeed, the “mountain of the Spirit” would become his 12th 8000er – last year he summited Makalu and Broad Peak.

In addition to Manaslu, Joao has also Nanga Parbat and Annapurna left to complete the 14x8000ers list.
www.joaogarcia.com
www.sic.pt/manaslu
http://www.jeanlucfohal.be
German-Austrian Manaslu climb+ski descent
German Johannes Franke and Austrian Egon Rost are attempting to summit Manaslu via its NE side (the normal, Japanese route), and then ski down 3,400 vertical meters down to BC.
news on the team on Sz-online.de
Spanish Andalucia's female expedition
Inmaculada Garrido (leader), Tamara Romero and Lina Quesada are flying to Nepal on March 30th with sights set on Manaslu. The team will count on two high-altitude Sherpas.

The girls summited Baruntse last year as a preparatory climb. In addition, Lina Quesada is an experienced Himalayan climber: She has summited Everest, GII and Cho Oyu, and attempted Lhotse, Shisha Pangma and Broad Peak (twice).
www.linaquesada.es
www.fedamon.com
Alexey Bolotov & Co for Manaslu
A strong (and huge) Russian team led by Alexey Bolotov is departing Moscow for Manaslu on March 28. The expedition is sharing climbing permit with Peter Hamor and Piotr Moravski but, while the Russians are climbing on the normal route, the “Two Peters” will go for a new line on the West face.

Russian team members are Eugeny Vinogradsky, Gleb Sokolov, Ilja Rozhkov, Arcady Ryzhenko, Dmitry Frolenko, Alexander Bachurin, Alexander Lutokhin, Dmitry Sinev, Edward Rozhkov, Irina Avdeeva, Olga Bystrova, Dmitry Moskalev, Yuri Soifer, Bidzina Gudzhabidze, Alexander Chesnokov, Yekaterina Plakhova, Vladimir Belous and Serguey Duganov.
www.russianclimb.com
Carlos Pauner for his 9th 8000er
Spanish climber Carlos Pauner is attempting Manaslu this spring season. Carlos, with 8x 8000ers summited, is teaming up with Javier Pérez.
www.carlospauner.com
Mario Merelli & Co. for Manaslu
Manaslu is also Mario Merelli’s goal. Teaming up with him are Mario Panzeri, Marco Zaffaroni, Marco Rusconi, Giuseppe Antonelli, and Roberto Manni.
www.mariomerelli.com
American Nick Rice
American Nick Rice is climbing Manaslu via the Japanese route without Sherpa or O2 support.

Rice has previously summited Cho Oyu and GII, and attempted GI, Shisha Pangma and, last summer, the Broad Peak+K2 double-header.
www.nickrice.us
Radek Jaros' HighPoint expedition
Czech climber Radek Jaros is also attempting Manaslu this spring season.
www.radekjaros.cz
Rodrigo Fica - from Patagonia to the Himalaya
Chilean Rodrigo Fica (42) is heading for Manaslu, which he’ll attempt as an independent climber. Rodrigo is on his first Himalayan experience, since his regular playground is Patagonia: He was part of the team who achieved the first N-S complete crossing of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
blogs.lasegunda.com/deportes/montanismo/rodrigo-fica
Amical Alpin
Rainer Pircher is leading a team launched by the Germany-based outfitter, starting on April 4th.
Amical.de
Jagged-Globe
After a first experience last year, the UK-based outfitter is organizing its second expedition on Manaslu in spring, 2009.
Jagged-globe.co.uk

Lhotse
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner for her 12th, Ralf Dujmovits for his 14th!
Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and husband Ralf Dujmovits (from Germandy) are attempting Lhotse this spring season, after acclimatizing on another mountain nearby.

Ralf has only Lhotse to go in order to complete the 14x8,000ers list.Spanish (Basque) Edurne Pasaban, Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Italian Nives Meroi, the three women dueling to be the first female to summit all 8000ers, are tied with 11 mountains each in the curriculum.

The couple is teaming up again with long-time friend Hirotaka Takeuchi and David Göttler.
www.gerlindekaltenbrunner.at
www.amical.de
weblog.hochi.co.jp/takeuchi
www.straight-to-the-top.eu
Mondinelli's comeback
Italian 14x8000ers summiteer Silvio “Gnaro” Mondinelli is back to the Himalayas. "I'll go back to the South Col to check the weather station we installed last year and, if I am still on time, I will try to reach Lhotse’s summit," he stated.

Gnaro attempted Lhotse twice and finally summited it in 2006 – as his 12th 8000er. The Italian climber is flying to Nepal on April 16th, together with a scientific EvK2Cnr team.
Info on Montagna.org
Xavi Arias
Lhotse is also Spaniard Xavi Arias’ goal this spring. Xavi will be climbing together with Ang Pasang Sherpa, without supplementary O2. The Catalan climber previously summited Shisha, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyu and Everest.
Xaviarias.cat
Summit Climb
Dan Mazur's outfitter is launching an expedition on Lhotse led by Sam Mansikka - who will also lead another SC team climbing Everest.
SummitClimb.com
Peak Freaks
Tip rippel, owner of the US-based outfitter, is the appointed leader for teams attempting Everest and Lhotse.
peakfreaks.com
Altitude Junkies
Phil Crampton is leading the two AJ teams - going for Lhotse and Everest this spring.
www.altitudejunkies.com
Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss outfitter has announced a Lhotse expedition for spring, 2009.
Kobler-partner.ch
Ice8000
Henry Todd's outfitter offers expeditions on Everest and Lhotse.
Ice8000.com

Shisha Pangma
Andrew Lock’s 14x8000ers grand final: Shisha Pangma + NoO2 Everest
Andrew Lock hopes to become the first Australian to complete the 14x8000ers list, by summiting Shisha Pangma. Andrew has previously reached Shisha’s central summit twice, but still he has to climb further up to the main, eastern summit.

After Shisha he’ll attempt a no-O2 ascent on Everest’s north side on his own.
andrew-lock.com
Amical Alpin
Herbert Rainer is leading a team launched by the Germany-based outfitter, starting on April 10th.
Amical.de
Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss outfitter has announced a Shisha Pangma expedition in spring, 2009.
Kobler-partner.ch

Cho Oyu
Bo Belvedere Christensen
Danish Bo Belvedere Christensen is leading a team on Cho Oyu in spring, 2009. Last year, he guided a four-men group on Baruntse, eventually summiting together with two of his clients.
www.himalaya.dk
Al Filo de lo Imposible's Spanish team
Spanish TV Al Filo de lo Imposible is supporting a team of physically-challenged climbers on Cho Oyu this spring. The team departed for Nepal last week, and has not reported problems with visa or climbing permits.

In spite of being disabled; Ricardo García, Valentín Ruiz, Miguel A. Gavilán and Arturo Rodriguez will climb without O2 support. The team includes David Perez on camera, Nacho Orviz as climbing guide, and two members of the Spanish military mountain group: Alberto Ayora and Pedro Arcederillo.
www.rtve.es/television/al-filo
Nick Nielsen: From Greenland to Cho Oyu
Nick Nielsen, a climber from Greenland, arrived in Kathmandu on APril 6th, hoping to get a climbing permit for Cho Oyu.
Amical Alpin
Thomas Merkel is leading a team launched by the Germany-based outfitter, starting on April 8th.
Amical.de
Kari Kobler & Partner
The Swiss outfitter has announced a Cho Oyu expedition in spring, 2009.
Kobler-partner.ch

Baruntse
Americans to Ski down Baruntse
Ben Clark, Josh Butson and Jon Miller from telluride, CO, hope to climb Baruntse and the to Ski down a rib that runs down the Northeast face of the mountain.
skithehimalayas.com

Pumori
Russia's Krasnoyarsk team
Russia’s Krasnoyarsk team are on their way to Pumori (7145 m), hoping to open a new route up its South face. Members are Anton Pugovkin, Eugeny Beljaev, Igor Loginov and Vladimir Starov. Meanwhile a second team of veteran climbers will climb via the normal route.

The veterans’ group includes Alexander Kuznetsov, Valery Kohanov, Nickolay Smetanin, Vladimir Karataev and Eugeny Bakaleinikov, as well as Saint Petersburg climbers Alexey Paskhin, Alexey Klimin, and Dmitry Pulinets.
RussianClimb.com

Lunag Ri
Russia's Krasnoyarsk team
After climbing Kang Nachugo last year, Joe Puryear and David Gottlieb are aiming for Lunag Ri (6,907 meters), which they describe as “the highest unclimbed permissible and independent mountain in Nepal.”

On an acclimatization tour around the Khumbu, the clibmers bagged 6,196 meters-high Kyajo Ri.
www.climbnepal.blogspot.com

E-Gongga
Ruchkin & Mikhailov for a first alpine-style ascent
Jannu North face 2002’s summiteers Alexander Ruchkin and Mikhail Mikhailov are off to Minya Konka massif (Western Sichuan), hoping to achieve the first alpine style ascent on 6618m’s E-Gongga. The climbers will go for the peak’s SE face.
RussianClimb.com


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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