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Cho Oyu Ascent Wins Fourth Piolet d’Or Asia

Denis Urubko and the southeast face of Cho Oyu. Initial reports suggest that Urubko and partner Boris Dedeshko won the 2009 Piolet d’Or Asia for their single-push, alpine-style ascent of the face in May. [Photo] Courtesy

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This May, Denis Urubko and Boris Dedeshko made an unprecedented alpine-style ascent of Cho Oyu’s southeast face. This November, the pair received the fourth Piolet d’Or Asia award for their climb.

“For his last (14th) 8000er, Urubko originally planned a speed ascent on Cho Oyu’s normal route,” said a report on “When Chinese politics closed the mountain, Denis decided to attempt Cho Oyu not from China–but from Nepal–via the South-East Face.”

Yuji Hirayama, Young-Seung Park and Oh Eun-Sun also received awards.

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