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Dhaulagiri: Vallejo, Ochoa, and Stangl delay their summit bid due to high wind
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May 10, 2005 12: 25 EST
Spaniard Iñaki Ochoa, Austrian Christian Stangl and Ecuadorian Ivan Vallejo are not setting off today for the summit of Dhaulagiri as they planned. They are instead remaining in BC due to very strong winds currently hitting the mountain.

The climbers need to check how wind speed evolves before deciding if they will go tomorrow. Stay tuned for further updates soon!

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.

AKorean team also on the spot has aborted their expedition.

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).

Ivan Vallejo was born in Ambato, Ecuador, on December 19, 1959. His first summit was Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador, in 1978. He soon went for higher mountains in the Himalaya. He is currently involved in the goal of summiting the ‘Fourteen’ 8000ers without supplementary oxygen. Up to now, he has summited ten of them, including Everest twice and K2.

Image of Ivan Vallejo on his way to C2 during a previous summit attempt on Dhaula, courtesy of Ivan Vallejo
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