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Lhotse summiters racking up multiple 8000m ascents
20:36 p.m. EDT May 13, 2003
The confirmed Lhotse ascents in the last days are interesting enough to give a collectors overview.

Now that Japanese climber Taro Tanigawa ascended Lhotse, his seventh 8000m mountains, he has finished four of the five so called, "Big 8000ers"; he just has Everest left.

Taro’s ascents: Broad Peak in 1991, Gasherbrum II in 1993, Makalu in 1995, K2 in 1996, Kangchenjunga in 1998, Cho Oyu in 1999 and now Lhotse.

Korean climber Park Mu-Taek now has his sixth Main-8000er and also finished four of the five highest; he’s only got Makalu left for that.

Park’s ascents: Gasherbrum II in 1996, Kangchenjunga and K2 in 2000, Shisha Pangma Main in 2001, Everest in 2002 and now Lhotse.

The four other Japanese climbers are also collectors. Koji Nagakubo ascended Gasherbrum II in 1993, K2 in 1996, Cho Oyu in 1999 and his fourth Main-8000er now is Lhotse. Yuichi Yoshida ascended Gasher-brum II in 1993 and K2 in 1996, so Lhotse is his third one. Kenta Hirose ascended his second after Kangchenjunga in 1998 and finally Kazusada Nakamura climbed his second Main-8000er as well after Cho Oyu in 1999.

The 5, “Big 8000ers” – Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.

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