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 Makalu 2002 lead by Juanito Oiarzabal

The Spanish expedition by Juanito attempted the very hard West Pillar route on Makalu this Spring. This very difficult route was opened in 1971 by the  French climbers Robert Paragot and Yannick Seigneur and have a very limited number of repetitions.

1980: John Roskelley without oxygen

1984: Marc Batard in solo

1991: Carles Valles, Manu Badiola (died descending) and Erhard Loretan.

The Spanish expedition was sponsored by Al Filo de lo Imposible, a Spanish TV show that intend to film the climb. The members were:

Juanito Oiarzabal, Juan Vallejo, Ferran Latorre, Jose Carlos Tamayo, Josu Bereciartua 

However, the Al filo de lo imposible expedition is going home without the summit. They had made a big effort last Friday 24 May climbing from Camp II (6.500m) to Camp III (7.350 m.) in very bad weather conditions, and hard snow, but once arrived, they discovered that the whole camp was destroyed by wind, so they must return to camp II. The weather was very bad during the whole expedition. Yesterday 27 May they had arrived to base camp after a very difficult descent. Even the best groups must have some chance with weather... Pedro 

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