Alan Hinkes meets with British
Alan has already climbed 13 of
the 14 8000m peaks, if successful on Kangchenjunga in the coming weeks he will
be come the first Briton to have stood on all of the world's highest peaks and
only the twelfth globally.
less than the number of people who have stood on the moon.) We will have
little contact with Alan in the coming weeks while he is on the mountain.
However we will endeavour to send news as and when we receive it.
OVERCOMES DIFFICULTY TO ARRIVE AT BASE CAMP IN TIME FOR HIS BIRTHDAY
Hinkes has safely completed the arduous trek in to Kangchenjunga base camp
at around 7000m, arriving the day before his 51 birthday. He now begins
the acclimatization process which should see him attempting the summit in
the next few weeks.
Trek into base camp was made much harder due to the Maoist rebel activity
currently going on in Nepal. The Maoists have closed the roads out of
Kathmandu which forced Alan to take a helicopter to the road head, where he
could begin his trek. Earlier in the week a convoy taking a Russian
expedition out of Kathmandu was attacked by rebels and one climber was
seriously injured, forcing him to be helicoptered to a military
hospital back in Kathmandu.
camp, via his satellite phone, Hinkes said, "It's snowing pretty hard but it's
not too cold (about minus 10 Celsius). I'm feeling as well as can be
expected in these early stages of acclimatisation and hopefully I'll start
getting out and about in the next few days. I'm also pretty chuffed to
have made it up here in time for my birthday and cook has promised to
knock me up a cake later.”
Kangchenjunga is the final peak in the Challenge 8000, Hinkes’ attempt to
become the first Briton to summit the world’s 14 highest mountain, all more
than 8000 metres. He hopes to be able to summit some time in mid May and is
expected back into the UK by early June.
Update is below
Update 4/11/2005: British mountaineer Alan Hinkes in final preparation for
record summit bid
updates regards British
Mountaineer Alan Hinkes' attempt to become the first Briton to climb all of
the world's 8000m peaks. Kangchenjunga is Alan's final mountain and if
successful he will enter the UK history books and become only the twelfth
person to have stood on all of the world's highest peaks.
Alan Hinkes meets with
British High Ambassador
Well it doesn't seem two
minutes since I arrived in Kathmandu and everything is starting to move quite
quickly. I have secured my climbing permits and my supplies and equipment are
arriving and being gathered together by my porters ready for my trip in to
base camp. I'm in good spirits and being made to feel really welcome by
everyone, even Keith Bloomfield the British Ambassador to Nepal has stopped by
for a chat.
I hope to start making my way
to base camp shortly and will keep you updated as to our progress, once again
thank you to everyone for your support.
Alan Hinkes arrives in Nepal
Just letting everyone know
that I have arrived safely in Nepal. Kathmandu is a strange mixture of
Buddhism and Bureaucracy, so if you want anything done you either pray or pay.
I'm busy sorting out my permits and putting together the finishing touches to
the expedition. The weather is OK in Kathmandu but obviously it'll be a
different story up at base camp. I'm feeling pretty strong and am looking
forward to the trek into Kangchenjunga base camp. Hopefully, I'll be able to
set off in the next couple of weeks.
Alan Hinkes has announced his final Challenge 8000 expedition. Alan will be
flying out to the Himalaya at the end of March to climb Kangchenjunga and if
successful will enter the history books as the first Briton and only one of 12
people to have stood at the top of all of the world’s 8000m peaks.
As part of Challenge 8000, Alan has reached the top of 13 of the world’s most
famous and dangerous mountains, including Everest, K2 and Nanga Parbat and in
2002 he became the first Britain to climb Annapurna in 32 years and in record
time via a new route. All 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.
Kangchenjunga (8586m) is the
third highest peak in the world. Alan had to previously abandon an attempt on
the mountain in May 2000 following bad weather conditions; while on his
descent a snow bridge collapsed across a crevasse and he fell into it,
breaking his arm. Having encountered the giant before Alan knows, like its
fellow 8000ers it is a very dangerous mountain and one for which he has to
Alan comments: "Kangchenjunga lies at the eastern extreme of the Himalaya and
is exposed to exceptionally bad weather conditions as the monsoon period moves
in. This isn’t my first visit to Kangchenjunga and I know what lies in store,
the terrain is very difficult and once on the mountain there is a very serious
danger of avalanche and rockfall. I am however not worried, it feels like I am
returning to an old friend and I am really looking forward to it. 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 whilst on expedition.
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