Alpinists Ueli Steck and Don Bowie of the Himalaya Speed project have summited the world's sixth-highest peak, according to Bowie's ground team. Bowie reported in a satellite phone dispatch that he and Steck made it to the top of Cho Oyu (8,201 m) on May 5th.
The pair's success comes just 18 days after Steck soloed Shishapangma (8,013 m) in just 10.5 hours. Two-week-long window of bad weather afterwards gave Bowie, who wasn't properly acclimatized to take part in the first climb, ample time to prepare for Cho Oyu.
Next on Steck and Bowie's tick list is Mt. Everest; according to ExWeb, the pair plans to attempt the north side of the peak.
Photo: Cho Oyu by McKay Savage