26 Apr / Success and Tragedy
Before I resume with my tales of travel to Makalu, I need to report a couple of things here at advanced base camp.
I am currently sharing camp with 9 other climbers from various countries around the globe.
I am climbing independently of this group, as most of the others arrived very early this year
(April 7th) and managed to establish themselves on the mountain.
On the morning of April 23rd, four people claim reaching the summit of Makalu: Azim Gheichisaz of Iran, Mr. Chun Feng-Yang of China, Mr. Xiang Yang-Liu of China, and Lapka Dendi Sherpa of Nepal. I personally viewed Azim’s photos and can testify that he, Mr. Chun Feng-Yang, and Dendi Sherpa made the true summit- with Azim making the entire ascent without bottled O2. In 2012 I shared a base camp with Azim and both Chinese men on Annapurna.
I regret to report that Mr. Xiang Yang-Liu died in a fall on the descent from the summit. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.