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Kazakhs Zhumayev and Pivtsov SUMMIT Cho Oyu!
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May 6, 2005 08: 04 EST
Climbers from Central Sport Club of Kazakhstan Army Maxut Zhumayev and Vassily Pivtsov summited Cho Oyu on May,3. They both returned safely to BC, according to Russianclimb.

The Kazakh pair had to overcome some extra logistics difficulties even before starting the climb. Their climbing gear never reached Kathmandu. Luckily, Russian climbers on the spot helped out, and Gia Tortladze even footed the bill.

Max has Shisha Pangma, G1 & G2, Kangchenjunga, Nanga Parbat Kinshoffer route, Broad Peak and Makalu West ridge - all without oxygen.

Vassily has G1, Kangchenjunga, Shisha Pangma, Nanga Parbat Kinshoffer route, Broad Peak, and Makalu West ridge - all without oxygen.

The climbers are part of a national team of Kazakhstan climbers with the intent to summit all fourteen 8,000m peaks in time to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union, coming up in December 2006.

Image of Cho Oyu courtesy of Adventure Consultants. Compiled images of Max (left) and Vassily (Right) courtesy of Russianclimb.com.

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