ALAN HINKES ANNOUNCES HIS NEXT
CHALLENGE 8000 EXPEDITION
British mountaineer Alan Hinkes has announced that his next “Challenge 8000”
expedition will be to climb Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the seventh highest mountain
in the world. Alan will be flying out to the Himalaya at the end of March and
hopes to reach the summit during May.
Alan Hinkes is the UK’s most successful extreme altitude mountaineer and is
the first Briton to have climbed 12 of the 14 8,000m peaks, including many of
the world’s most famous and dangerous mountains such as Everest and K2.
“Challenge 8000” is Alan’s quest to be the first Briton to climb all 14 of the
8000m peaks, and one of only 12 to ever achieve this amazing feat – the same
number of people to have stood on the moon.
2002 saw Alan successfully summit Annapurna by a new route and record the
first British ascent for over 30 years. Having managed this in a record 5 days
after leaving base camp he now has only two of the 8000 metre peaks to climb,
Kangchenjunga and Dhaulagiri. Both of these mountains are in the “Death Zone”,
an unforgiving environment where the human body rapidly deteriorates and no
one can survive for more than a few days.
Alan had to abandon an attempt on Kangchenjunga last year due to contracting a
severe bronchial infection during his trek into base camp, but has regained
full fitness for this year’s expedition and aims to make a new route on
Dhaulagiri’s south side.
Alan comments: “Each mountain I climb offers its own challenges. Dhaulagiri
will be very hard work, made up of complex ridges and ice falls and the trek
into base camp alone will take up to two weeks, traveling through the Kali
Gandaki valley, the deepest in the world. I will be making a modern,
lightweight summit attempt and I am feeling confident. As I have always said I
climb to live, not to die - the summit is always optional but returning is
Alan Hinkes has been working with Berghaus since the early 1980s and will be
using many of the company’s most technical products while on expedition.
Some of EverestNews.com
past coverage of Alan is below...
Alan Hinkes Annapurna 2002
Kangchenjunga 2003 Alan Hinkes
Hinkes Spring Makalu 99
Alan Hinkes Q&A
Kangchenjunga 2000 Alan Hinkes