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Everest South: Valencia team turns back - Oxygen failures again
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Jun 2, 2005 06: 32 EST
Cold and failures in the supplementary oxygen equipment - again, provided by Summit Oxygen - have forced the Valencia team to turn back without reaching the summit on Everest’s south side.

The tree-member Spanish team from Valencia Polytechnic University set off from Camp 4 yesterday night on their summit bid. The guys had reached the South Col just hours before, but decided to join the other teams attempting the summit.

”British oxygen failed”

“David Rosa turned around 20 minutes after leaving camp due to cold," reported their home team, in contact with the climbers through the satellite phone. “All the British Oxygen bottles (Summit Oxygen) they had have failed except for four. These are the ones Jorge and Haya are taking along to the summit.”

Two hours after, a new report was posted in their website:

“The wind has increased and the four remaining O2 bottles have failed as well. First Jorge, then Haya, both turned round and headed back to C4. Now all three climbers are in their tent in C4, where they will spend the night. They feel OK.”

Several climbers have reported on failures of the Summit Oxygen system high up on Everest. At hearing the reports from fellow climbers in BC, Valencia team reported their intention to switch to Poisk Oxygen - which apparently they finally didn't.

Brazilians went up!

The Brazilian team, consisting of Waldemar Niclevicz and Irivan Burda, also departed Camp 4 yesterday night. News is expected soon on the results of their bid.

David Rosa, Jorge Verdeguer, and Joan José Haya are long time friends. They started climbing together, and shared their first Himalayan summit - on Cho Oyu in 1998. One year later they attempted Manaslu.

In 2001 they climbed Everest from Tibet, with Jorge reaching the summit. After Everest, they made a partial trip to the North Pole and attempted Nanga Parbat.

This season they guys were tacking Everest again, from the other side.They shared permit with Brazilians Waldemar Nickevicz and Irivan Burda, and both teams often climbed together on acclimatization trips. The also followed the same schedule for their summit push.

Image of Haya (left), Jorge and David in BC right before their summit push, courtesy of UPV Valencia expedition team.

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