Carlos Garranzo Ibañez , a fireman from Cartagena (Spain) has extensive
knowledge and experience in mountain climbing, an Instructor by the School of
Mountain Climbing in Murcia, Carlos made his first climb at only 14 years.
his main expeditions include:
Peru 1991 Huascaran (6.788metres) and Pisco (5.752 metres)
Ecuador 1994- Cotopaxi (5.897 metres) and Chimborazo 6.310 metres
Aconcagua 1994 (6.959 metres)
Mount McKinley, via West Buttress route (6.194metres)
Expedition Murciana Karakorum 2000- attempted to climb Gasherbrum by the
Austrian route but unfortunately it was hampered by poor weather conditions.
2003- Ice Climbs in Ourey ( Colorado USA).
2004- Ice Climbs in Valdez ( Alaska – USA ).
Now, at 45
years of age and sponsored by the University Polytechnic of Cartagena, Carlos
has undertaken the challenge to climb the Northern Face of Everest, the Col
North, and a first attempt at climbing without using artificial oxygen.
arrived in Katmandu , March 27, 2006, to acclimatise and initially trekking in
the Nepalese territory. He completed this successfully by climbing to the
summit of Island Peack, April 7.
returning to Katmandu, April 10, the current political problems in the city
forced him to move to the Chinese border by helicopter where he met up with
another expedition from Spain, “Expedition Andalucía Everest 2006” led by
the Bridge of Friendship into China , they headed for the Chinese base camp
where they arrived April 18. Due to heavy blizzards and snowstorms and the
subsequent organisation of the yak convoys, various expeditions were held up
their move to the Advanced Base Camp.
Eventually, they set off, April 24, for the Advanced Base Camp (6400metres)
where they arrived on the April 26, after spending a night in a halfway camp
In his own
words, Carlos says “ The Climb…spectacular, glacial tongues on either sides,
slopes that would take your breath away, enormous cascades of ice, just some
of the beauty that I was privileged to see on the days journey.”
three days acclimatising in the Advanced Base Camp, the members of the
Andalucian expedition, Huisa and Lopez complain of acute symptoms of altitude
sickness (headaches, dizziness, insomnia and breathing problems). Although
Carlos suffers mild symptoms only, the oxygen in his blood is at 72%, he is
breathing well and therefore decides to continue on alone climbing to Base
Camp I and if the conditions are favourable to go on further.
Currently Carlos is above 7000 metres above sea level.
April 30, 2006
(information sent by Javier Blázquez)
After staying three at
ABC, the members of the Andalucia Everest 2006 Expedition, hit with
mountain sickness, with headache, insomnia, respiratory trouble... and,
because of the extreme conditions of the night temperatures at ABC, the
decide to go down to Chinese Base Camp to be back, in a few days, to
this altitude mark in better conditions.
Carlos Garranzo, from
Cartagena, has slighter symptoms (headache) but his oxygen saturation is
around 72% and he has no trouble breathing, so hi decides to stay and
try to get to Camp I. He continues is solo expedition, and his
intention is to get soon to Camp I and even, if the conditions are good,
to go beyond that point. So today, he probably is above 7,000 m.
We will try to keep
contacting him, directly, or through other expeditions to keep you
posted. A hug and don't worry, I have seen he is very strong.
Translated from Spanish
by Jorge Rivera
The Spanish firefighter Luis
Carlos Garranzo from Cartagena, Spain, is attempting Everest from his north
side, the North Col route. He is an independent climber...
he is at 7000 mt (CI).
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