Tamara Romero and Inma Garrido concluded with success the first
Andalucian ascent of this ‘eight-thousand’ of the Himayalas
At 9:30, Nepal time, two Andalucian climbers of the Andalucia Women’s
Expedition reached the 8,163 meters of the summit of Manaslu. The first of
the Andalucian climbers to make it to the summit of this mountain of the
Himalayas is Tamara Romero and then the chief of the expedition, Inma Garrido
made it to become the first Andalucians who reach this summit, the eight
highest in the world, that had never been climbed by anyone from Andalucia.
Hence, a hit in the history of Andalucian mountain climbing has been
made and a new ‘eight-thousand’ for Andalucian mountain climbing,
which was made by female climbers. Both climbers reached their first
From Nepal, the members of the expedition, in a telephone conversation with
liaisons in Andalucia wanted to “send our loving embrace to Ana María Gómez,
the teammate who had to return to Andalucia during the acclimatization phase
because of medical problems, and to Lina Quesada who stayed today at camp 4
because of slight breathing problems, that forced her to avoid any altitude
gain. And also our thanks to Manuel González ‘Lolo’ who made it to the summit
with our female climbers, and to Miguel López ‘the doctor’. Thanks both for
support of this achievement for Andalucian female sport.
The Expedition started early last April and after a hard approach to
the mountain, they suffered a little delay because of strong wind and
snowfalls, weather difficulties that frustrated a first attempt on May 8 and
the return home for Ana because of hemorrhage in her left eye, which is
recovering nicely. The ascent route they used is on the Northeast face, a
path through the North Peak glacier full of
difficulties, crevasses and the danger of avalanches in which the
Andalucian mountain climbers installed four high altitude camps.
The route is on the Northeast face, where the Japanese route passes. The
difficulties of this itinerary are located between 5,500 m and 6,500 m of
altitude, Camp I (5,600 m) is installed once above the Naike Col (a very
twisted one among crevasses and seracs). After a seracs cascade of more than
70° of inclination and between 30 and 40 meters high, the North Col is
reached, where Camp II (6,900/7000 m) is installed. At the end of the plateau
of this wide Col, there is a ramp with an altitude difference of 1,000m, with
an inclination of between 40° and 45° that ends in the ridge that leads to the
summit. The end of the ramp is the location of Camp III, around 7,600 m. From
here the ascen is without much technical difficulties but with the dangers of
high altitude, disorientation and the strong winds that blow in Manaslu.
The ‘Andalucia Women’s Expedition 08/09’ was divided in two parts in
2008 to reach the summits of Baruntse (7,200 m) and Mera Peak (6,476 m) and
now the success of the conquest of Manaslu, with the objective of stimulating
female mountain climbing, giving the opportunity to Andalucian women to
participate in high level projects, and support female practice in the
different disciplines as a vehicle to integration and equal opportunity.
The sponsorship of Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte to this project
was of 45.000 € in 2008 and 80.000 € in 2009. The Women’s Expedition is also
supported by Deportes Sherpa from Granada, ATV Andaluza de Trabajos Verticales,
Infosport and Isdin.
Satellite Telephone 00 88 21 650196591 ( +5:45 hours).
Recommended Spain time from 13.00 to 16.00 hours
CONTACT WITH THE CLIMBERS:
CHIEF OF THE EXPEDITION. Inma Garrido (Jaén), 606 168081
Tamara Romero (Granada), 629 278770
Lina Quesada (Sevilla) 676 443575
Ana María Gómez (Málaga) 649 938879