((ExWeb/Madrid. Story updated 12:22pm EDT) South Korean Oh Eun-Sun has reached the summit of Annapurna – live on KBS TV network.
“Miss Oh Eun-Sun finally reached the summit of Mt. Annapurna at 18:15 Korea time (about 3:00pm, local time) on April 27th,” ExWeb Korea correspondent Kyu Dam-Lee reported. “It took slightly over 13 hours from C4 to the summit. Yesterday, Miss Oh (44) needed 11 hours to get to C4.”
“The Korean climbing team for Annapurna consist of 6 people,” Kyu added. “Eun-Sun Oh (climbing leader), 3 sherpas and 2 KBS camera men: Mr. Ha-Young Jung and Mr. Kwan-Joo Nha.”
The live images show clear skies and high wind. Wind-speed reported at summit time was 12 m/s.
Update 6:37am EDT: Carlos Pauner has just called home from the summit! Juanito Oiarzabal and Tolo Calafat are also there. “They are now hurrying down,” Carolina Pueyo told ExplorersWeb. “They are concerned about the late hour – night might fall before they reach back C4.”
Annapurna is Pauner’s 9th 8000er and Juanito’s 24th (!).
First summit news today came from Romanian Horia Colibasanu (check a previous story published earlier today).
Update 8:51am EDT: Nick Rice confirmed Martin Ramos home team that Martin and Jorge Egocheaga summited at 10:00am, local time. As Nick wrote from BC, the two Spaniards were feeling strong and already on their way between C3 and C2.
Update 9:45am EDT: Slovak Peter Hamor has also reached the summit, according to a brief note on his website. Like Juanito, he has summited Anna twice.
Update 12:22pm EDT: At about 9:00pm local time, climbers were slowly descending to C4,” Javier Perez reported from BC. Juanito and Carlos Pauner group were behind the korean team. The night is clear and the full moon is reportedly providing sme extra visibility. Further details are expected soon.
source (Explorer web (k2climb.net)