AdelePennington climbs Manaslu, 8,163m

by Jack Geldard – Editor – UKC Sheffield-basedmountaineer, Adele Pennington (42), has become the first British woman to climb Manaslu, in the Nepalese Himalaya.Manaslu is 8,163metres high and is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Adelewas leading a group of British, Nepali, New Zealand and AustralianClimbers on an expedition organised by Jagged Globe, the UK-basedexpedition company.Thisis Adele´s third 8,000 metre peak in less than a year.PrecedingManaslu, Adele climbed Cho Oyu (8,201m) in October 2007 and Everest(8,848m) in May this year. Theascent of Manaslu was made despite atrocious weather conditionscaused by a lingering and turbulent monsoon that is still active inthe Himalaya.A few days ago the expedition was set back by heavysnowfall, forcing the team to retreat to advance base-camp.Theactual summit push went smoothly and according to plan.Thenews report on the Jagged Globe website describes the conditions:?Foronce the weather was cooperative and while clouds lay on thesurrounding mountains there was clear skies and no wind. This led toa straightforward climb through the undulating snow slopes and up tothe summit…?There has been only two other British ascents of Manaslu prior to the Jagged Globe expedition, one was made by Alan Hinkes, in 1988.Alan went on to climb all 14 eight thousand metre peaks ? a feat as yet unmatched by any other Britishmountaineer.The other British ascent of Manaslu was by Alan McPherson in 1997, climbing the NE face.Source: Jagged Globe Website