Shisha Pangma: Summit push is ON!|
Mar 17, 2005 10: 43 EST
Iñaki Ochoa de Olza launched his solo summit push on Shisha Pangma today!
After 15 days of heavy snow and wind, Iñaki’s forecast has indicated a small weather window tomorrow, remaining for at least one day.
6800 camp tomorrow
Although not fully recovered from a flu, Inaki wasted no time and hurried up to a small camp he had previously set at 5,900 meters. He plans to plant a tent at 6,800 tomorrow.
If he feels well, he could try for the summit the same day. Otherwise, he’ll rest in the tent and attempt the summit on Saturday.
Solo Traverse ahead
Iñaki is climbing Shisha through the NW side, possibly through the normal route (before departing he told Explorersweb he would choose the normal route or attempt a variation depending on the conditions).
Once he gets on the summit ridge there will be a long way to go. The solo climber will have to traverse the Central summit (8008m) and move until he reaches the main summit (8027m).
Iñaki reached Chinese BC in Tibet on March 4th and established a ‘proper base camp’ at the foot of the mountain two days later.
Weather conditions have been poor since then. Iñaki could only climb a 5800m mountain nearby in order to get acclimatized.
Shisha Pangma’s solo ascent will be Iñaki’s first goal this season. Afterwards, he will join Pete Guggemos and Italians Nives Meroi, Romano Benet, and Luca Vuerich to climb Dhaulagiri. Along with the Italians, he will then move to Annapurna’s North side where he will share a permit with American Ed Viesturs.
Iñaki Ochoa de Olza (born in Pamplona, Spain, 1967) is currently involved in completing the 14 8000+, 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).
His targeted peaks for 2005 are Shisha Pangma, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna.
Image of Iñaki courtesy of Iñaki Ochoa/Navarra8000.