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Himalaya quick check and Shisha Pangma update
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Apr 22, 2005 10: 06 EST

Ed Viesturs is on a summit push on Cho Oyu, whilst two young Kazakhs are in middle camp climbing with borrowed gear. Annapurna South has climbers stuck in camp 1 without food, and Annapurna North too is back up on the mountain. On Dhaulagiri, Inaki has climbed with some rope and a tent up to Camp 1 (at 5850m) for the night. Over by Melungtse, the climbers next have to overcome Furshalan pass.

Shisha Pangma - good weather, tons of snow

So what about Shisha Pangma? Austrian Gerfried Göschl is leading a team there in an acclimatization climb of his double header, Everest without oxygen.

The latest is that the team reached ABC (6540m) April 15 in good weather but a lot of snow on the mountain. The climbers summited a couple of un-named 6000+ peaks in the area for acclimatization. The next plan is to climb the 7068m high Jebo Kangijale Peak, and if all goes well, they will give their next radio interview from its summit.

Austrian Gerfried Göschl is leading the 11-member international team of the Northland Professional Shisha Pangma expedition with friends Hubert Rieger and Günther Unterberger.

After Shisha, Gerfried will race over to Everest North side: A couple of rest days in Tingri is all he needs to get ready. Already acclimatized, Gerfried will launch a summit bid straight from ABC without supplementary Oxygen. Gerfried’s strategy is simple: He will wait in ABC for a weather window and, as soon as it opens he will run for the summit, making two bivouacs on the way, at 7600m and 8150m.

Gerfried Göschl (32) was born in Styria, Austria. He is a member of Alpine Rescue Team Gesaeuse. He has summited Cho Oyu, Muztagh Ata (7546m), Aconcagua, and G2.

Northland Professional expedition consists of Austrian Hubert Rieger (31) and Günther Unterberger (38) – both with previous experience in the Alps and South American Andes.

Other members of the Shisha Pangma Expedition are: Georg Wenzl (26) and Hans Wenzl (34) from Austria; Dr. Andrea Lakatos (39), Dr. Helga Schubert (44), Thomas Scherzer (25), Martin Nuess (30), and Norbert Linz (37) from Germany; and Elio Schlijen (33) from Holland.

Image of the Shisha Pangma first winter ascent, courtesy of Simone Moro.

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