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  Alan Hinkes 2004: WILL IT BE LUCKY 13 FOR ALAN?


For the latest News on this expedition see here

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 mandatory.”

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

Alan Hinkes Spring Makalu 99

Alan Hinkes Q&A

Kangchenjunga 2000 Alan Hinkes

Millet One Sport Everest Boot  has made some minor changes by adding more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to -75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads. Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated collar.

Expedition footwear for mountaineering in conditions of extreme cold.  NOTE US SIZES LISTED. See more here.







 

 

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