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is almost over and somewhere far from here, the monsoon is practically over as
well. Which means that it is time to go back to the hills.
We are leaving on Thursday,
September 16, 04. There are four of us. Four good friends who know each other
from many past trips and who are going to climb high and live long.
We are heading to South-West
Face of Shishapangma, a big wall on one of the 14 highest mountains on the
Why South - West Face, why
British route and why alpine style ?
Among four of us, we climbed
to the summits of 12 - 8000 meter peaks. Zdenek and Radek reached 4 of those
each, Miska reached one and I reached 3 peaks. All of these ascents have been
made without use of artificial oxygen, without high altitude porters and in
small groups. The last year, three of us managed to climb to the top of Broad
Peak at the same time. At this point, we think we are very compatible team and
naturally we want to try something harder.
South - West Face of
Shishapangma has been the first big Himalayan wall climbed in alpine style
more than 20 years ago by British climbers Doug Scott, Alex MacIntyre and
Roger - Baxter Jones. I like Doug Scott, his climbing style, his books, his
way of life, his sence for elegant climbing routes. We would simply like to
repeat their climb. Climb the wall and return back safely and be happy for a
short time before heading back for another one, exactly like them.
The route has been climbed
less than 10 times until now and we do not expect to share this entire wall
with anyone else - at least we are not aware someone else would be there, too.
We are looking for adventure
and whatever comes our way......you can follow our story and keep your fingers
crossed for us. The beginning is only a few days away.
September 11, 04
Background: On September 17, 2004 a group of 4 climbers from
Czech Republic plans to arrive to Kathmandu and leave shortly for Nyalam. From
Nyalam, we intend to reach Base Camp under South-West Face and repeat British
Route ( Scott - MacIntyre).
List of climbers :
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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