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Joseba Sanz. 33 years old. Born in Bilbao, Basque Country. I practice
mountain climbing and athletics since my youth. I share a permit and
infrastructure with Nick Nielsen (from Greenland), some Czechs and some other
ascent is special because I will do it without oxygen. Today, more than 1,000
people have climbed Everest, some with the help of high altitude Sherpas and
professional guides, some others with more autonomous and adventurous spirits,
but what really makes a difference is to climb without using supplemental
oxygen. With this climb, I would be the first Basque to climb Everest without
expedition starts in Nepal, where I will join an international group, with
whom I will share the climbing permit and services at Base Camp. From
Katmandu, we will head to the Tibetan border. We will pass Zhangmu, Nyalam
Base Camp, the acclimatization period starts, and so the furnishing of the
high altitude camps, to finally attack the summit.
the detailed program, lasting more than 2 months:
Arrival to Katmandu.
Last preparations for the expedition.
Day 04: Katmandú - Tíbetan
border - Zhangmu
Day 05: Zhangmu - Nyalam.
Day 06: Nyalam - Tingri.
Day of acclimatization in Tingri.
Trip to Chinese Base Camp (5.400 m.).
Stay at Chinese Base Camp.
Stay at Chinese Base Camp.
Trekking to intermediate Camp.
Trekking to Advanced Base Camp (6.400 m.).
13-58: Period of Acclimatization, furnishing of the high altitude camps and
Trekking from Advanced Base Camp to Chinese Base Camp.
Trip to Tingri.
Zhangmu - Katmandu.
Days 63-64: Stay
Flight back to Euskadi.
Relevance of the ascent: As I have
said before, I will climb without the use of artificial oxygen, which makes
this ascent in one of more commitment and more climbing relevance.
1,100 people have gone to the summit of Everest, and until today only a around
a 100 have
done it without using supplemental oxygen.
days, there are people who constantly use oxygen from 6,500 or 7,000 meters.
They get more from the ascent if everything goes without problems, but if
there are delays and oxygen runs out, they will suffer more. Besides, those
who refuse to use it as an aid, leave some bottles in the last tent for
medical use, to use it as a remedy in case of emergency. The risk is to get
back to it.
participants of commercial expeditions, where the major objective is to
guarantee the summit in exchange of almost 10 million pesetas they pay, use it
intensively. On the other hand, there are every day more climbers who choose
to breath the real mountain air on Everest. A risky and committed bet.
Sanz. Bilbao. 32 years old. Among my ascents are:
*Himalaya (Tibet): Cho-Oyu
*Argentina: Aconcagua (6.969
*Alpes: Mont Blanc (4.810 m),
Cervino (4.478 m), Aiguille de Bionassay (4.052 m), Gran Paradiso (4.061 m),
Breithorn (4.180 m), Wildpitze (3.772 m), etc.
Europe: Naranjo de Bulnes, Ben Nevis, etc., multiple ascents in the Pyrinees.
*Moroco: Toubkal (4.165 m).
*Chile: Villarrica Volcano
*México: Orizaba (5.675 m),
Popocatepelt (5.465 m), Toluca (4.632 m).
*Guatemala: Atitlán Volcano
(3.535 m), Pacaya Volcano (2.552 m).
*El Salvador: Izalco Volcano
(1.950 m), Santa Ana (2.385 m).
Volcano (1.610 m).
*Irán: Damavand Volcano
have made a great number of trekkings:
trekking in the Blue Mountains.
trekking in the Escambray
trekking in Nanga Parbat.
trekking in Hoggar.
trekking of Annapurna, trekking of Jomoson.
*Argentina: trekking in the Perito Moreno Glacier, Fitz Roy National Park and
Cerro Torre, Tierra de Fuego National Park.
trekking in the Torres del Paine National Park.