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Dhaulagiri: Summit push aborted due to deep snow
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May 3, 2005 08: 20 EST
Deep snow forced Iñaki Ochoa, Christian Stangl and Pete Guggemos to turn around this morning during their summit push on Dhaulagiri, according to Iñaki's home team.

Large amounts of fresh show delayed the climbers' progression. Breaking trail was a tough task and eventually Iñaki decided it was too late to press on to the top. He was well ahead of the others, who were unable to help the Spaniard break the trail.

No probs… we will try again

The climbers are safely back in BC. Spirits are still high, and they are ready to give Dhaula another try as soon as the weather improves and the snow settles down.

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.

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 at the French Col, Dhaulagiri on the background, courtesy of Iñaki Ochoa de Olza/Lorpen-Diario de Navarra expedition.

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