When we arrived last Friday for the first
time the base of the wall of the Hidden Peak, we had the whole weekend
including Monday to fight for our base camp. Severe winter storms well over
100km / h ripped away most of our tents. Only by specific, lengthy
additional security measures we could the existence of the base camp safe.
After a good weather forecast for Tuesday by Dr. Karl Gabl we broke
yesterday (8.2.) On a first serious attempt. In painstaking work we fixed
the route up to 5600m where we left a bag with 500m rope and fixing
material. Among other things, we worked around the central couloir of the
south wall very tricky, a vertical 10m high rock wall. Pleased we reached
after about 9 hours of work in the dark, the base camp.
It's a great feeling once again to enter new territory on
an eight-meter peaks. The technical difficulties at the bottom of our route
on Hidden Peak are comparable with the British route on the south wall of
Shisha Pangma or Kinshofer route on Nanga Parbat. overcome such difficulties
in the winter is again another dimension of high altitude mountaineering. In
the upper part uMorgen Thursday, according to Charles Gable a good day, like
Louis, Alex and I drive the route up to 6100m, our planned camp 1.
Gerfried and his comrade Berg are fine. They
are after a stormy night at base camp. Wind speeds around the 120 km / h
they could not sleep. Although bad weather was forecast that the storm would
sweep but in such a violence on the tents, so that no one expected. Today,
Gerfried and co failed to make up the sleep and mainly determine whether
important material is missing
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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