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.

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By Don Bowie in Blog
  • azim

    Hi, I just shared your article on my web site. I wish you a pure success.

  • Kate E Smith

    A sad blog Cheers Kate

  • Ru

    Prayers for the family and friends of Mr. Xiang Yang-Liu. And for you.

  • Tom Allen

    Hello, Don.

    Judy and I are praying for you and wish you all the great blessings and safety
    of our wonderful Savior.
    You are loved and believed in, brother. We miss you and talk about you often.

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Yang-Liu’s death.

    Be very careful, friend.


  • marcie

    i don’t know you, but do follow several climbing blogs, (yours being one of them). having not summited, or ever come close, i can only write from the view of loosing someone. being related, friends, familiar or not, does not lesson the impact of a human life being lost. recognizing that life is temporary, it is my hope for all, to live every day with appreciation. may your days be filled with breathtaking moments, and thought provoking times. reconciling that Mr. Yang-Liu passed doing what he loved doing, helps to soften the hurt. wishing you continued success, be safe, and enjoy!

  • Anil Nair

    How many have summited Makalu till date?

  • Paul Thomas

    Be safe cousin!

  • Dave- R51

    Watch’n ya. Good luck with the climb.

  • Chris Roye

    Hi Cuz,
    I am so sorry to hear of your fellow climber. My heartfelt prayers go to him and his family. Please be safe and enjoy!


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