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  BRIT LAUNCHES ATTEMPT TO JOIN FIVE MILE HIGH CLUB AND CLAIM BRITISH RECORD


Well  respected  explorer  and mountaineer Alan Hinkes, who is sponsored by Berghaus,  is  officially  launching his bid to become the first Britain to join  the  ‘five  mile  high  club’,  by  appearing  at The Ordnance Survey Outdoors  Show,  NEC on Friday 18 March 2005, before leaving to attempt his final 8000m peak - Kangchenjunga.

This  is  one of the most dangerous and testing records ever set by man (no British  climber  has  thus  far  attempted, yet alone, achieved it) - more people have landed on the moon than achieved this distinction and many have lost their lives in search of it.

Hinkes  knows Kangchenjunga well, having twice narrowly failed to reach the summit in the past 5 years. First in 2000, he was beaten back by huge snow falls and then while alone on his descent back to base camp, a snow bridge collapsed  smashing  his arm, breaking it.  Two years later he contracted a virus and retired ill.

Challenge  8000  is  Hinkes’ attempt to climb all 14 of the world’s highest mountains.   So  far  he has summitted 13 including Everest and K2, but not without  injury. The resourceful Hinkes has sustained numerous broken limbs as  well  as  a  prolapsed  disc.  In  some cases he has had to return to a mountain several times before conquering it.   In severe altitude the human body  rapidly  deteriorates and as rescue is not possible peaks over 8,000m have been named ‘The Death Zone’. 

Hinkes will capture the moment he summits in his customary way of producing a  picture of his daughter and grandson.  The descent can be more dangerous than the ascent and only when Hinkes safely reaches base camp can he really celebrate his achievement, usually with a plate of eggs and chips.

Hinkes  will  leave  the UK on 22nd March.  It will take 2 weeks of arduous trekking  to  reach base camp.  After 3-4 weeks of acclimatisation climbing he plans to summit between 10th – 25th May depending on a weather window.

Kangchenjunga  is  the  third  highest peak in the world.  This year is the 50th  anniversary  of  the first ascent by Briton’s Joe Brown, George Band, Tony Streather and Norman Hardy (NZ). For  over  15  years  Alan Hinkes’ dedication and hard work have made him a worldwide  legendary  hero.  This year will see him reach his ultimate goal and receive the much deserved adoration of the nation.

CHALLENGE 8000

1987        Shisha Pangma

1988        Manaslu

1990        Cho Oyu

1991        Broad Peak

1995        K2

1996        Everest

1996        Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak)

1996        Gasherbrum II

1997        Lhotse

1998        Nanga Parbat

1999        Makalu

2002        Annapurna

2004        Dhaulagiri

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

 

 

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