This is a week old, but since the Chinese debacle has taken most focus this Himalayan season, for all the wrong reasons, I really haven't kept up. Inaki Ochoa de Olza, a super strong Navarran high altitude climber with 12 8000m peaks to his name suffered a stroke (some reports report this) at altitude, succumbed, and perished on Annapurna.
MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish mountaineer has been killed in an attempt to climb the Himalayan peak of Annapurna, Spanish media quoted his friends as saying on Friday.
The climber, Inaki Ochoa de Olza, died on the south wall of Annapurna, in Nepal, after suffering unspecified brain damage complicated by a pulmonary edema. He received medical treatment from fellow climbers, aided remotely by doctors at the Hospital of Navarre in Pamplona, but died at 0645 GMT on Friday.
Indeed, a tough one to swallow. Having spent a few nights here and there at Tom and Jerry's in the Thamel in Kathmandu, I got to know Inaki. With LaFaille gone, the loss of Ochoa is a major blow to the new guard of high altitude climbers. We all build upon the foundation of Escoffier, Loretan, Schauer, and Jerzy - LaFaille and Ochoa were taking it forward with hard new routes and multiple 8000m peaks in one season. I will always believe the true hardman still exists, Inaki was one of them, one of the best, a familiar face in a far off desination, he will be missed.
Its indeed the most shocking news for me to hear about the death of my friend Inyaki, i stil can not belive it that great inyaki is no more with us.... he was indeed great friend, outstanding alpanist, enthusiastic mountaineer and above all excellent humen.
He was great friend of Pakistan and i was really inspired the way he used to advoate Pakistan and promote tourism in Pakistan, i met Inyaki first time when he came to climb broad Peak and later at K 2 in 2004....and i really have found memories with great inyaki..