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  Martin Minarik  : Annapurna 2009 update


Picture: Martin Minarik

Since Friday, Apr 15th, Expedition Annapurna 2009 is ongoing only in a couple Martin and Elisabeth; Dodo is leaving Nepal this week. They are approaching Roc Noir from Machapuchare BC, ascending east side of the ridge.

*Apr 14th* - Five days on route, three days of complicated climbing. Roc Noir and 7km Annapurna's ridge in sight. Sufficient gas and food. No wind not even on the ridge. We are on the big plateau over Singu Chuli. Eli showed great climbing skills and lot of courage.

*Apr 15th* - The altimeter shows 6700m. It's nice hot weather. In the afternoon occasionally wind gusts.

*Apr 16th* - We're staying in miserable weather about 200m below the Annapurnas ridge. We will decide according to the wind which way we'll  choose. Whether to the west ridge to Annapurna or to the east across big ice barrier to Manang. The descent will not be the same way. We are OK and have beautiful views to the south wall and Machapuchare. Idiot wind!

Earlier: Martin, Dodo and Elizabeth are back in the BC. They have reached the beginning of the polish route in 5500m. That was the last attemp to climb the Roc Noir route. The next attempt will lead under the Chris Bonnington´s pillar. As Martin has texted: "Annapurna is confirming its strong reputation. After two weeks we didn´t get any higher than 5500m, we were burried under the avalanche, we were falling into crevasses. But still, we have a fancy for climb it."

Earlier: After half a year Martin Minarik is going back to Annapurna with Slovak Dodo Kopold. In Kathmandu, they joined an experienced French alpinist Elizabeth Revol. Last week they built base camp below the south face. Yesterday they returned from three-day-trip up BC, now resting. Petr Masek (Miska), Martin's climbing partner from many previous expeditions, is coming soon with Czech group led by Libor Uher (shared permit).

Earlier: Dodo Kopold and myself are looking for partners to share the cost of climbing permit / base camp for Annapurna 1 - from south side. We plan to leave on March 12. Money is issue this year. More climbers - lower cost. If interested please e-mail

Martin from the past

Mt. Everest/Cho Oyu 2005: Martin Minarik:  The first 8000 meter summit of the season, and it was a REAL SOLO: The report!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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