An update from Basque climber Alex Txikon and his teammates, who are attempting to climb Everest in winter. They warmed up by summiting Ama Dablam week ago, and now they are hard at work opening the route on Everest.
The rescue operation for the Italian climber Daniele Nardi and the British climber Tom Ballard, lost on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, enters its second week. The pair were last heard from on Sunday, February 24.
After failing to reach the top of the world in winter without oxygen last year, Spaniard Alex Txikon has Everest in sights again.
As of 3:30 am, Monday, February 8, 2021,(Pakistan Standard Time), John Snorri, Muhammad Ali Sadpara, and Juan Pablo (JP) Mohr Prieto remain missing, with no trace of them found after multiple helicopter searches.
Simone Moro and Alex Txikon have finally found a way through what appeared to be an insurmountable obstacle in the form of a huge crevasse near 6,000 meters, that they discovered between C1 and C2 on Manaslu last week
Winter Manaslu Teams Blocked by a Huge Crevasse; Some K2 Summiters to Join Tenji Sherpa and Vinayak Jay Malla
Rock and Ice spoke with Tenji Sherpa on his and Vinayak Jay Malla’s attempt to summit Manaslu in winter, alpine style (no supplemental oxygen, fixed high camps, or fixed lines).
Around 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2021, a team of 10 Sherpas and Nepalis stood on the summit of the world’s second-highest mountain, K2, on the border of Pakistan and China. It was the last of the world's 14 8,000 meter peaks still unclimbed in winter.
The 2020 winter season is seeing several major expeditions in Nepal and Pakistan. From Jost Kobusch working on the first solo, unsupported, sans-supplemental oxygen winter ascent of Everest to Denis Urubko and Don Bowie attempting Broad Peak, a host of big alpinists are battling a host of big mountains.
Should Kobusch pull it off, it would be an ascent for the ages.