The first two stages of the trek towards base
camp are done. The Trio (Louis Rousseau, Alex and Gerfried Txikon) this
afternoon (local time) both with 26 carriers and two cooks Payu. Already, it
is extremely cold, so we sleep together in the large kitchen tent. Thursday
morning the troops marched on to Urdukas (4050m). Am 31.1., After three
stops, want to be the climbers at Base Camp of the Hidden Peak at 5100m.
Louis Rousseau celebrates the way in a tent with a sip of
brandy his 34th Birthday, well then "Happy Birthday"
Thursday morning began my long and arduous journey. Is
to separate me from my family very hard for me. However, I am looking
forward, this difficult project on which I worked so long and hard to
implement at last. For love of adventure, but also from environmental and
financial reasons, I would march with my friends walk to the base camp of
the Hidden Peak (8080m) and not fly by helicopter. Never before has an
expedition in the winter has imposed such a strain. This is already a
sensation when we, in these arctic conditions at all the wall foot of the
mountain at 5100 meters. Then we will tackle the still tougher: a new route
will allow us the first winter ascent of Hidden Peak.
I want to thank my wife Heike, who has once again incredible
and has supported me tremendously. It must in this long period of my
absence would not only provide our own lovely children, but will also serve
together with my good friend Martin Kolle's homepage.
You see in the next few days, my trip from home to Vienna,
then to Dubai and Islamabad, then in the north of Pakistan to Skardu and
I am happy if you follow me and my team on arrival and on the
mountain and our fingers crossed :-)
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