Many expeditions are underway for the 2014 Himalayan season. Despite the tragedy on Everest, it seems other trips are moving along nicely. As Explorers Web has reported, a number of expeditions are making progress.

Chris Jensen Burke

Many people know about the Australian woman’s impressive record. In 2013, she became one of only a small handful of climbers, female or male, to reach the summit of four 8,000-metre peaks in a 12-month. She climbed Lhotse, G1, G2 and Manaslu. Born in Timaru, a town nestled in the shadow of the Southern Alps in New Zealand’s South Island, she is of Australian and New Zealand nationality.

Chris Jensen Burke

Chris Jensen Burke

Other stats
Fifth NZ and 10th Australian woman to climb Mt Everest
Fourth Australian woman to complete ‘Seven Summits’ (Kozzie list)
First Australian woman to complete ‘Seven Summits’ (Carstensz list)
First NZ woman to complete ‘Seven Summits’ (Kozzie list)
First NZ woman to complete ‘Seven Summits’ (Carstensz list)
First Australian/NZ woman to climb Mt Lhotse (fouth highest peak)

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In 2014, Chris has plans to climb Makalu in April, and Broad Peak and K2 in June.

Makalu

Chris Jensen Burke and her Sherpas conducted a puja ceremony last week at advanced base camp, then began their acclimatization climbs.

Ferran Latorre and Enrich Llonch have climbed to Camp one. Fred Roux and Mike Horn are waiting for a weather window for a summit bid. Chris Jensen Burke and her Sherpas conducted a puja ceremony on Wednesday at advanced base camp, then began their acclimatization climbs.

Makalu

Makalu

Northwest pillar on Talung

Three Italians, Daniele Bernasconi, Mario Panzeri and Giampaolo Corona are at the foot of the 7,349-metre Talung which is on the border between India and Nepal. In 2011, Panzeri spotted a line from Kanchenjunga and knew he would return. The route has nearly 500 metres of steep rock, topped with mixed snow and ice. The team is planning for an alpine-style ascent. The history of Talung dates back to 1964 when Franz Lidner climbed the southwest ridge. In 1991, Marko Prezejl climbed it from the west and in 2013, Marek holecek and Zdenek Hruby climbed the 2,000-metre north face in alpine-style.

The northwest pillar is the obvious line, the marked route is the 2013 Czech route

The northwest pillar is the obvious line, the marked route is the 2013 Czech route

Kachenjunga

Denis Urubko, Alex Txikon and Adam Bielecki are attempting the Northwest face to the North Col at 7,000 metres. Italians Marco Confortola, Marco Camandona, Franz Nicolini, François Cazzanelli and Emrik Favre reached 6,900 metres on the south side.

Potential line on northwest face of Kachenjunga

Potential line on northwest face of Kachenjunga

Annapurna

Romanian climbers Zsolt Torok and Cristian Tzecu are above Camp 2. Conditions on the mountain are reported to be extremely dangerous and a Sherpa averted a potentially-fatal fall.

Annapurna at Sunrise

Annapurna at Sunrise

Cho Oyu

Matt Moniz, Mike Moniz and Jim Walkley were climbing in blue bird skies last week.

Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu

Shishapangma:

Romanian Horia Colibasanu and Slovakian Peter Hamor have reached 6,800 metres on Shishapangma.

Shishapangma

Shishapangma

First Ascent information of the 8,000-metre peaks.

NAME DATE Expedition First ascenders
EVEREST 29.05.1953 British Edmund Hillary (NZ), Tenzing Norgay (Ind)
K2 31.07.1954 Italian Achille Compagnoni, Lino Lacedelli
KANGCHENJUNGA 25.05.1955 British George Band, Joe Brown
LHOTSE 18.05.1956 Swiss Fritz Luchsinger, Ernst Reiss
MAKALU 15.05.1955 French Jean Couzy, Lionel Terray
CHO OYU 19.10.1954 Austrian Josef Jöchler, Herbert Tichy, Pasang Dawa Lama (Nep/Sh)
DHAULAGIRI I 13.05.1960 Swiss Kurt Diemberger (A), Peter Diener (Ger), Ernst Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Nawang Dorje (Nep/Sh), Nima Dorje (Nep/Sh)
MANASLU 09.05.1956 Japanese Toshio Imanishi, Gyalzen Norbu (Ind/Sh)
NANGA PARBAT 03.07.1953 Austro-German Hermann Buhl (A)
ANNAPURNA I
03.06.1950 French Maurice Herzog, Louis Lachenal
GASHERBRUM I 05.07.1958 American Andrew J. Kauffman, Peter K. Schoening
BROAD PEAK 09.06.1957 Austrian Hermann Buhl, Kurt Diemberger, Marcus Schmuck, Fritz Wintersteller
GASHERBRUM II 07.07.1956 Austrian Josef Larch, Fritz Moravec, Johann Willenpart
SHISHA PANGMA 02.05.1964 Chinese Hsu Ching, Chang Chun-yen, Wang Fu-zhou, Chen San, Cheng Tien-liang, Wu Tsung-yue, Sodnam Doji, Migmar Trashi, Doji, Yonten

Source: Explorers Web, Planet Mountain, 8000ers.com


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