Saturday summit push on Shish
11:50 a.m. EST Jan 15, 2004
Simone and Piotr made the push up from Base Camp this morning. Both are feeling well and will plan a summit attempt for Saturday. If he makes it, this will be Simone’s 5th, 8000er. He was previously on Shish, but only reached it’s central peak, not the true summit. With any luck, the weather will hold out for the boys.
The Latest from Simone:
“Hi! This morning Piotr and me went from Base Camp directly to Camp I at 6100 meters. We both feel very well and tomorrow we will start with the first sunshine to Camp II. Saturday we will get out of our tent at 12 o’clock in the night for our summit push. We have to fix another 300-500 meters of rope for our return, so it will be a very hard day for us. Weather forecast is ok, because wind will be not too strong (11-15 m/sec) and there will be only some clouds…”
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Simone Moro, 36, has summited Mount Everest, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Lhotse. This past summer, he also opened a new partial route on the Diamir face of Nanga Parbat, though he did not reach the summit. In 1996, Simone attained the N. Summit of Shisha Pangma. He is now attempting to make the first successful winter ascent of the peak, climbing via the South Face.
The expedition will climb Shisha Pangma’s South Face without the use of Sherpa support or supplementary oxygen. Originally, Krzysztof Wielicki was planning to be a part of the expedition, but bowed out recently due to family matters.
On the expedition is Italian climber Simone Moro, Polish climbers Piotr Morawski, Jacek Jawien and Darek Zaluski and Pierre Bergeron and Yvon Latreille, both from Quebec, Canada. Jas Szulc (POL) will accompany the team the base camp manager.
Image of Simone courtesy of Simonemoro.com