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Everest North: Catalan team aborts summit push
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May 17, 2005 08: 26 EST
High winds in C2 forced the Catalan climbers to change their minds earlier this morning. Instead of pushing for the peak, they’ve returned to ABC, where they will wait for better conditions before taking another shot at the summit.

The guys were gambling on an early summit push, before the weather window opened.

The rest of the teams currently climbing Everest’s North side are between BC and ABC, hoping to go for the summit in the last two weeks of May.

Esplugues al Everest Catalan team is climbing through the classic North side route, after acclimatizing on Island Peak. They will be using supplementary O2 “if necessary.”

Team members have previous experience in the Alps, Andes, Canada, and African mountains, as well as other 8000ers in the Himalayas. Team leader Xavier Arias has previously summited Shisha Pangma (2002) and Dhaulagiri (2004) and has attempted Annapurna (2000) and Cho Oyu (1998). Merce Vidal has attempted Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma. Albert Carbonell has climbed Cho Oyu.

Oriol Franco will join the team for his first Himalayan experience and will be in charge of Base Camp management, communication, and will collect images throughout the expedition.

A last minute member, Agusti Torrents, has also joined the team, representing his home town of Sant Boi (near Barcelona). Together, Agustí and Xavier attempted Dhaulagiri last year as members of an Argentinean team

Image of team members in BC, courtesy of the expedition / Esplugues al Everest.

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