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

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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 "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.

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