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Cho Oyu Ascent Wins Fourth Piolet d'Or Asia

Posted on: November 6, 2009


Denis Urubko and the southeast face of Cho Oyu. Initial reports suggest that Urubko and partner Boris Dedeshko won the 2009 Piolet d'Or Asia for their single-push, alpine-style ascent of the face in May. [Photo] Courtesy mounteverest.net

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This May, Denis Urubko and Boris Dedeshko made an unprecedented alpine-style ascent of Cho Oyu's southeast face. This November, the pair received the fourth Piolet d'Or Asia award for their climb.

"For his last (14th) 8000er, Urubko originally planned a speed ascent on Cho Oyu's normal route," said a report on mounteverest.net. "When Chinese politics closed the mountain, Denis decided to attempt Cho Oyu not from China—but from Nepal—via the South-East Face."

Yuji Hirayama, Young-Seung Park and Oh Eun-Sun also received awards.

Please visit mounteverest.net for more on this story.

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e9climbing.blogspot.com

awards are what they are, but no one cant say this was not a great route to finish off the quest for all 14 summits over 8000 meters. The style Urubko climbed this line in is just a big finger to all peak bagging lunatics out there jugging fixed ropes.

2009-11-06 22:29:52
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