Update: Inaki and Alexei are alive. Inaki is still not good, he is with Horia,
and Alexei is descending to camp 3. Swiss are in camp 3.
Note three updates below...
Summit push aborted Horia and Inaki are now descending and are around camp 4.
The summit push was aborted due to lack of ropes, the traverse between the
east and main summit being more dangerous and exposed than they had expected,
and more ropes would have been necessary. Both, Inaki and Horia suffer from
minor forstbite and this was another reason to abort the summit push, and not
to risk more. Alexei chose to give it a try and because the two are now
descending, he is not in their sight so they do not know details about his
progress or if he is also retreating.
Second Update: Well, not good situation. Yesterday, after he
and Horia reached camp 4 -Alex Bolotov remained trying to get to the top-
Iņaki suffered and an attack -we don't know what type-
and was unconscious and with vomits. The batteries of the phone of the two -Iņaki
and Horia- finished and we don't know nothing since then. It seems that a
international team -don't know the names- are going in his search. Thanks
The three reached a point that seemed dangerous to cross
without rope and Iņaki and Horia decided to turn back and since then and until
yesterday night -last phone call from Horia because the lack of batteries-
they didn't know nothing about Alex, who stayed on the final part trying the
Hi, they are in Camp 5 (7.830 meters), below the east summit and have fixed
200 meters of rope in the final traverse. The weather was cold in the morning
and snowfall in the afternoon, but Iņaki thinks that they have a good chance
if the weather respect them tomorrow morning. He said that maybe they will
have to descend until 7.600 meters below a fracture that borns in the central
summit. Tomorrow is the final push. The three of them (Iņaki, Alex Bolotov and
Horia Colibasanu) are ok and optmist. Best, Jorge.
Update: They are now in
Camp 4 (7.500 meters) in the east ridge. The weather is ok and they are in
good shape. Tomorrow they will climb until Camp 5 (7.900 meters) and on Monday
to the summit. It seems that tomorrow they will have to fix 130 meters of rope
between Camp 5 and the final traverse to the summit, but it's uncertain still.
Iņaki said that the place is simply incredible. Best, Jorge
Inaki Ochoa de Olza, from the Lorpen-Diario de Navarra expedition, the
Romanian Horia Colibasanu and the Russian Alexei Bolotov were yesterday in
C2,located at 6.200m, in a new summit push for Annapurna Main Summit. The
ascent plan is today in C3 at 6.900m, on Saturday around 7.400m, Sunday at
7.900 meters below the east summit and, on Monday, go to the top of main