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  Makalu Expedition 2004 lead by Norwegian Sven Gangdal


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Sven Gangdal source Sven Gangdal

Norwegian Sven Gangdal isn't a climber to think small. When he and climbing partner Dawa Chhiri Sherpa were on their way down from a successful summit of Manaslu in 2002 they were thinking ahead to the next challenge. This led them to one of the biggest mountains in the Himalayas, "the black rock" Makalu, one of the biggest snow and ice challenges in the world.

Rising 8,463 meters above the highlands of Nepal, some 14 miles East of Everest, Makalu is an enormous isolated peak shaped like a perfect four-sided pyramid. Makalu is the world's fifth tallest mountain and its ascent is so challenging that only 5 of the first 16 expeditions were successful.

When making up his team for the 2004 Makalu expedition Sven had intended to include his twin brother Jon and Australian Andrew Lock who had summited Manaslu on that same expedition. Instead both the other climbers decided to head off to Everest as members of separate expeditions and were replaced by equally experience climbers, Brit Volden and Stian Slettum Voldmo, both of Norway. The final team includes three Norwegians, two Australians and one Czech climber.

The team will be leaving for Nepal in the middle of March headed for Makalu, which has never been climbed by a Norwegian team. The primary goal will of course be to summit Makalu though not at the cost of safety. The team also hopes to have fun as well as the work toward their goal.

Climbers on the expedition include:

Sven Gangdal (Norway), with 32 years climbing experience and the first Norwegian to summit Everest via the North Ridge.

Brit Volden (Norway), a world champion in orienteering with 20 years of experience in Alpine climbing in Norway.

Stian Slettum Voldmo (Norway), who has 7 years alpine climbing experience in Europe and Africa.

Michael Parker (Australia), with 10 years climbing experience all over the world.

Josef Nezerka (Czech Republic), one of the most famous and experienced climbers in the Czech Republic.

Dawa Chhiri Sherpa (A), 5 summits of Everest on 12 expeditions.

Dawa Chhiri Sherpa (B), 8 expeditions to Everest.

Ang Lakpa Sherpa, 1 expedition to Everest.

Kama Singi Syanba Tamang, 4 expeditions to Everest.

 
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