Update: We are planning
to leave base camp tomorrow, May 5, 06. Directly to Camp 2, if good weather,
then to Camp 3. We took along small tent in case we need to set up Camp 4
under the Messner couloir on Lhotse.
If everything works fine, we
would summit on May 7 or May 8. Back in base camp on following day.
Keep your fingers crossed.
Martin Minarik and Pavel Kalny,
two Czech alpinists are flying from Vienna to Kathmandu on Thursday, April 6.
On April 8, we plan to fly to Lukla, then walk to Everest / Lhotse Base Camp.
Within the next 6 weeks, we would like to reach the summit of Lhotse. For
Martin, it is 7th expedition to 8 000m peak. Five times he made it to the top
of the hill. Solo or in small teams, never with artificial oxygen or support
Sherpa porters above base camp.
For Pavel Kalny, this is
going to be the first Himalayan encounter. But last year, he succeeded on Mt.
Logan in Yukon ( highest hill in Canada and second one in North America) when
he made the traverse of the mountain with another fellow Czech climber (
Martin Minarik made the very first traverse of this mountain - alone and
without support in 1998).
Small, two man team with no
support and artificial oxygen hope to make it up to Lhotse, the fourth highest
mountain of the world sometimes in mid May via standard route - via Khumbu
Zdenek Hruby and Martin
Minarik are slowly putting together a team for winter ascent of Makalu (
January 2007). Lhotse will be the final test before Makalu, the mountain
which yet has no winter ascent and recently claimed the life of one of the
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