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Dhaula: Inaki Ochoa, Ivan Vallejo, Christian Stangl heading back up Tuesday
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May 9, 2005 10: 24 EST
And here's the latest from Dhaula:

"Tomorrow Tuesday, Iñaki Ochoa de Olza, from the Lorpen-Diario de Navarra expedition, will begin his third attempt on Dhaulagiri.

Inaki, Austrian Christian Stangl and Ecuadorian Iván Vallejo, will climb to Camp II (6.800 meters) Tuesday, and to Camp III (7.400 meters) Wednesday. The summit push will take place Thursday at midnight.

Last Thursday, Inaki arrived at the foresummit after 16 hours non-stop climbing from BC, but poor conditions on the traverse to the summit forced him back. Iñaki says that the weather is windy but OK and hopes the snow on the traverse will be more consistent this time.

Iñaki Ochoa de Olza and Christian Stangl departed BC on the 4th of May aiming for a non-stop summit attempt. They had already aborted a previous summit bid, along with Pete Guggemos and Lakpa Sherpa at 7600m.

Italians Romano Benet, Nives Meroi, Luca Vuerich, Mario Cedolin, Erri De Luca, Cesare Giuliani, and Roberto Allo; Slovenian Klemen Gricar, Austrian Christan Stangl, German Peter Guggemos, Spaniard Inaki Ochoa, and Ecuadorian Ivan Vallejo are currently climbing Dhaulagiri. Most of them will head for Annapurna immediately afterwards.

There is also a Korean team on the spot, climbing with four high altitude Sherpas.

Iñaki Ochoa de Olza (born in Pamplona, Spain, 1967) is currently involved in completing the 14 8000+ m peaks, having already summited nine of them: Cho Oyu three times (1993, 2001, and 2004), K2 (2004), Makalu (2004), GI (1996), GII (1996), Lhotse (1999), Everest (2001), Nanga Parbat (2003), and Broad Peak (2003). He has also summited Shisha Pangma Central (1995).

Image of Iñaki climbing in storm conditions on May 1st, courtesy of Iñaki Ochoa de Olza/Lorpen-Diario de Navarra expedition.


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