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New Route on Fitz Roy's North Pillar
Bean Bowers and Rolando Garibotti have climbed a much-eyed line on the “back side” of the North Pillar (aka Goretta Pillar) of Fitz Roy in Argentine Patagonia. Poor weather and climbing conditions prevented them from continuing along Renato Casarotto’s 1979 route from the top of the pillar to Fitz Roy’s summit.
Ice Master Daone, Anthamatten and Muller win
Simon Anthamatten and Petra Muller from Switzerland won the first stage of the Ice Climbing World Cup 2008 in Valle di Daone. Jenny Lavarda from Italy and Markus Bendler from Austria placed second.
Winter Gestola via Khergiani route
A team from Saint-Petersburg - Alexander Gukov (the leader), Alik Izotov, Viktor Koval and Sergey Kondrashin - climbed a direct line of Gestola North Face (4860m) via Khergiani route, 5B (Russian grade, ex 6À) in Bezengi Wall massif, Caucasus, Russia.
Suspended Piolet d'Or
The Organizers of the Piolet d'Or have dedicated all their efforts in order to give this international celebration of great alpinism the widest possible international support. A "Charte" has been presented, defining more clearly the ion criteria. It has gathered a wide consensus and in the future it will be possible to further improve it. You can find below a copy of the "Charte" for your knowledge.
Since it has not been possible to obtain everybody's agreement on time, the Organizers have decided to suspend the 17th Piolet d'Or 2008 concerning 2007 performances.
First 8c+ on sight in history
Patxi Usobiaga has sent "Bizi Euskaraz" on sight. It is the first ascent of this route which Patxi has proposed as a serious 8c+, but always waiting for the opinion of future repeaters.
"Bizi Euskaraz" is located in Etxauri, a crag in the Navarra region of Spain. The route was bolted by Ekaitz Maiz four years ago and has been an open project since then, despite the efforts of strong climbers. Ekaitz Maiz and Gorka Karapeto were present during the historical ascent and endorse the grade proposed by Patxi.
Patxi is pushing the limits of this sport day by day during the last couple of weeks: one world cup, two 9a+, three 9a, one 8c, etc.
No doubt Patxi is in shape and making history.
On December 5, at approximately 11 a.m. CST, an Oregon, Illinois, warehouse that contained all of Alpinist Magazine's inventory--back issues, hats, shirts, water bottles, stickers, coffee mugs--burned to the ground. Nothing was salvaged.
According to news reports, a forklift operator backed into a gas line in the warehouse, which was owned by the Kable News Company, a fulfillment company that provides subion services for magazines such as Alpinist. The forklift punctured a gas line the escaping gas was then ignited by a nearby space heater. The warehouse's twenty employees escaped without injury, but by the time the 200-plus firefighters arrived from twenty area fire departments to combat the blaze, there was little they could do but let the two-story building burn to the ground.
Rockford, Illinois', WREX-TV reported Oregon Fire Chief Don Heller as saying that the building was essentially "a box of timber." "And we're still trying to figure out why the sprinkler system was shut off in this building," Heller, who estimated the damage at as much as $8 million, was quoted as saying.
For the Jackson, Wyoming-based Alpinist LLC, the fire came at a particularly critical time.
"The destruction of our entire inventory, including all our back issues, would have been bad enough. This one, though, came in the middle of the holidays--our bread-and-butter season," said Alpinist publisher Marc Ewing. "We're dealing with details such as insurance and inventory loss at the moment, but the fire hasn't affected subion fulfillment in the least."
""The silver lining has been the response from the climbing community," said Alpinist co-founder Christian Beckwith. "We've received emails of support from around the world, and numerous readers have resubscribed or subscribed for the first time. Regardless of what it means to us as a business, as climbers the value of such responses is immense."
Hailed by Italian climbing legend Reinhold Messner as "The best climbing magazine in the world today," Alpinist Magazine is an
archival-quality, quarterly publication dedicated to world alpinism and adventure climbing. Alpinist owners and employees are
continuing to finish work on Issue 23, which is due to ship to the printers on December 13 (it will be in stores March 1, 2008).
"We've put far too much work into Alpinist to let a fire slow us down," said Ewing. "But we are thinking of creating a commemorative t-shirt that reads, 'Official Alpinist Fork Lift Operator'. One day, we want to look back on this and have a good laugh."
Odintsov's Autana Tepui Expedition (Venezuela). Rozov jumped. The team is forced to descend
On December 4 at 9-00 local time Valery Rozov made a B.A.S.E.-jump from Autana wall. Having climbed about half of the route the team had to bail because of acute shortage of water.
And after Valery had jumped they got BC last night. All of the guys are safe and sound.
Details are coming soon.
Urh Cehovin brings 8C to Slovenia
Chris Sharma: 9a+ in Santa Linya when he's feeling kinda "heavy"...
Dani Andrada made FA of the route on April 2005.
8b, 8b+ and 8c on-sight in one day by Patxi Usobiaga Patxi Usobiaga is still in Catalonia (Spain) and last sunday he visited Raco de Misa in Montsant.
First he on-sighted La Esclava del Temps, 60m 8b and bolted by Toni Arbones then, he did an FA, also on-sight David Brasco's last project in the sector called Variante Monocroma, proposing 8c for it as he felt it way harder than Falconetti, L-Mens and Hidrofobia (all three 8b+). At the end of the day, and in the same style, he fired-off the above mentioned Falconetti, 8b+ which he thought was easy for the grade.
Thirty-two years after... Most Famous Boulder Problems Was Repeated Twice
Thirty-two years after its first ascent, one of Colorado's most famous boulder problems was repeated twice in the same afternoon.
Trice (aka A.H.R., or Another Holloway Route) is a short problem at Flagstaff Mountain above Boulder, established in 1975 by Jim Holloway. On November 15, Carlo Traversi sent the problem for its second ascent, and about half an hour later Jamie Emerson did it too.
Climber of the year. 8a.nu Preliminary Top List
1. Patxi Usobiaga
Tyler Landman is first to entrain the Midnight express or new problem of 8B+
Petzl Roc Trip. Climbing Video
Video from Petzl Roc Trip run in Octobre at Red River Gorge (USA).
Starring: Du Lac, Andrada, Sharma, Fuselier, Pouvreau, Lamiche,...
Venezuela. Five Pitches Sent. Relief Is Terrible
The total darkness came and that means all the bloodsuckers – gad- and sand- fles, wasps, mosquitos, gnats and other insects in immense quantity here flew away and I can sit still for some time without sudden movements! and to write about our jungle life. (Damn! It's seems I've been too hasty: some horseleeches are stinging me!)
In spite of tactics of delay and deliberateness of local porters we finally got under the wall and set the camp at the altitude of 300 meters in a comfortable place. Everything is OK now. Within minutes of walking distance there is a creak where we can have a shower from a small bottle exercising some ingenuity.
To tell the truth the place is rather curst – it's wet, hot, but suddenly without prior warning it starts raining, insects attack and our clothes do not want to dry...
The wall is located in 50 minutes of climbing. Altitude gain by doing so is 320 meters. We paved a rather good path, but sometimes have to take a machete in hands again. It is running wild and the blazes are paling. It is very easy to get lost.
The jungle does not make an lively impression with its grey-green colors.Thelight of the sun does not reach the bottom of it. The trees, bushes, bearded and no, lianas and a piece of the sky somewhere above, murmuring beasts, snakes, rummy speedy black with greenback frogs and shaggy spiders of the size of a Raumer's axe.
At every evening party Valery Rosov titles The Best Scout of the day the most doing guy.
The most part of team's members spend the nights in hammocks wrapping up the mosquito nets. Only weak in spirit Shaferov, Rosov and Provalov, the same old way, smother in tents. Thje Doctor and Odintsov are sleeping in tents too but due to their self-preservative instinct: they fell out of their hammocks and don't want to relive old memories.
The Doctor is a dearest t man. He treats patients gratuitously and gives valuable help.
About the route: the mountain is big and hanging. There are not many suitable spots where to set belay stations and not much cracks and edges.
The wall is wet and greasy in places, but in the afternoon the sun grill us and sometimes stones collapse from above.
Yesterday during afternoon we started climbing. Today have already done the second pitch. Not so fast. Íå áûñòðî. Well, we'll see how the things move on. Tomorrow we will lift the first 50 liters of water that we have to take from BC. Sergey Krasko plans to look for a land-site and make a fire in our turn we will direct him from the wall.
Valery Rozov's first words about future jump: "Well, the things is rather bad just as people told me.
And the bad news: just at the first working day the punch broke down. We have to repair it.
Russian Piolet D'Or award 2007
On 25 November presentation ceremony of Russian Piolet D'Or award 2007 took place in Moscow for the first time. K2 West Face successful climb got the imperatorial laurels and became the first winner of this title in Russia voted through by all the 13 nominee-teams' leaders (this kind of voting is known as "Hamburg score"). The second prize was adjudged to Babanov-Kofanov Jannu climb, the third – Klenov-Davy-Shabunin Shingu Charpa ascent.
News from Odintsov's Autana Tepui Expedition 26.11.2007
News from Odintsov's Autana Tepui Expedition (Venezuela, Amazonian region): a three-man team of Shaferov-Odintsov-Provalov has started working on the wall
Finally we got under the wall. A three-man team of Shaferov-Odintsov-Provalov has started working. The first two pitches go via vertical rock, the rest part of the wall is hanging There are only a few variants of the possible route. Valery Rozov and the camera-men are upon the look for a landing site: that wants some doing because there are a lot of trees there Valery will land right on them.
Because of high humidity the cameras refuse to work, because of high trees the internet-connection is almost impossible due to satellite's poor-reception area there.
The Indians appear rather strange people and we couldn't set working relations for a while for an uncertain reason. .
We have been trekking through the jungle north-east of Columbia boundary for two days.
The satellite connectivity is poor. Today we could find an open space of 2*2 meters to get satellite service area. Because of high humidity in the jungle we feel like in a cave. All the things are wet. The thermometer shows more than 30 degrees of heat. There are a lot of insect like bees around. We have not seen any beast of prey here. We have to save our video hardware and shoot a little due to such humidity
It's really close to our mountain but we have some problems with the Indians – they refuse to carry our luggage and show the right way. îòêàçûâàþòñÿ íåñòè ãðóç è íå õîòÿò ïîêàçûâàòü äîðîãó. It is a problem how to communicate with them.
They just behave disobediently. After an hour of carrying – sit and take time off. We have to do that by ourselves: some round trips a day. If to climb a hill we can not see our mountain because of fog drifted obscuringly into everything around.
But we hope to set our BC soon and things will straighten out.
Now we became a machete crew because of every of us got this very dangerous thingy.
It seems we got acclimatized a little as today we can outride the heat. But the sunshine is ferocious in the afternoon at this time of year there. All the plastic things just want to melt under the sun. In the evening when the sun dips below the horizon it becomes rather comfortable. You can use one's beam and move your body.
Everything is ready for tomorrow's date of sailing.
All the things and food are collected and packed.
Hindu Raj: 3 routes established by French climbers
Mounteverest.net reports that French team's expedition took place this summer in the Hindu Raj range, in a valley south of the Koyo Zom, and included a number of firsts.
"Over the time of 3 weeks, we established 3 routes in the valley : the south pillar of Chotar Zom (6058m) (III, 5.4, 70°, 1200m), the north-east ridge of Nashran (5200m) (II, 70°, 800m) and a rock route on the Pois Chhish (4400m) (5.10b, 700m)," Florian says.
"We named them all as they are all likely to be first ascents."
"We also spotted a lot of ambitious objectives in the surroundings including the impressive Dhuli Chhish north-west," Florian ends his heads-up. More details
Date update: 24.11.2007
News from Odintsov's Autana Tepui Expedition (Venezuela, Amazonian region)
We made all hand-to-mouth buying, clothed Sergey Shaferov, jumped the schedule a little when appeared we met another group and can't take a departure today but only tomorrow early in the morning and the river-voyage from Orinoko to Rio Autana will take about 4 C 5 days up to the base camp.
Now we are giving the hammock a swing and learning Spanish: amore J.
It's very hot here, at the equator, like on Abkhazian seaboard in early August - you can live here. You should have mind over matter and move only fluently.
It's a real fact that there is fiendish heat here after midday and you feel perfectly deadly but after 5 o'clock - a heap better.
Difficult New Route established in Madagascar
A German/Austrian team comprised of Toni Lamprecht, Felix Frieder, Sandra Wielebnowski and Beno Wagner established on Madagascar's Tsaranoro Be the six hundred meter route, with a crux pitch of 8a, over nine days. All pitches were bolted on lead and red-pointed by all the team members before their one day ascent of the 18 pitch route in August.
2007 Lead World Cup Final Ranking
1. Vidmar Maja SLO 548.91
2. Eiter Angela AUT 500.31
3. Sarkany Muriel BEL 414.43
4. Gros Natalija SLO 313.05
5. Anda Villanueva Irati ESP 289.98
6. Durif Charlotte FRA 277.97
7. Markovic Mina SLO 277.60
8. Kobayashi Yuka JPN 266.91
9. Saurwein Katharina AUT 238.02
10. Eyer Alexandra SUI 236.23
1. USOBIAGA LAKUNZA Patxi ESP 425.97
2. Julian Puigblanque Ramón  ESP 422.08
3. Verhoeven Jorg NED 399.03
4. Mrázek Tomás CZE 374.17
5. Crespi Flavio ITA 355.82
6. Lachat Cédric SUI 316.59
7. Lama David AUT 266.11
8. Millet Sylvain FRA 243.81
9. Dugit Fabien FRA 174.63
10. Midtboe Magnus NOR 173.71
Kranj Lead World Cup results. Final 2007 Lead World Cup ranking
Kranj Lead World Cup
1 Maja VIDMAR
2 Irati ANDA VILLANUEVA
3 Lu è ka FRANKO
4 Caroline CIAVALDINI
5 Charlotte DURIF
6 Mina MARKOVI È
7 Alexandra EYER
8 Muriel SARKANY
1 Cedric LACHAT
2 Flavio CRESPI
3 Tombs MR Á ZEK
4 Jakob SCHUBERT
5 Magnus MIDTBOE
6 Jorg VERHOEVEN
7 Klemen BEKAN
8 Valeriy KRYUKOV
Pakistan announces 2008 concessions
As in 2007, the fees for 2008 will be as follows: K2: $6,000 for a team of seven with $1,000 per extra member
8001-8500m: $4500 for a team of seven with $750 per extra member
7501-8000m: $2000 with $250 per extra member
7001-7500m: $1250 with $150 per extra member
6501-7000m: $750 with $100 per extra member
All peaks up to 6500m will be royalty free.
Date update: 14.11.2007
King Lines Extras
Bouldering Championships: Boston
Paul Robinson and Alex Puccio won the third and final Mammut/EMS Bouldering Championships, at the Metrorock gyms outside Boston.
Broad Peak, Simone Moro. Winter Love Story
Simone Moro and his climbing partner Shaheen engage to come back to the winter attempt of Broad Peak (8047m),
Madagascar multi-pitch on Tsaranoro Be
Toni Lamprecht, Felix Frieder, Sandra Wielebnowski and Benno Wagner have established the multi-pitch Manara-Potsiny (8a) on Tsaranoro Be, Madagascar.
Manara-Potsiny, Tsaranoro Be, Madagascar F.A. Toni Lamprecht, Felix Frieder, Sandra Wielebnowski, Benno Wagner
Date update: 10.11.2007
Brno. Bouldering World Cup. Results
Date update: 10.11.2007
National Congress of Italian Alpine Academy has given Guido Magnone, the a title of the honorary member of the Academy
National Congress of Italian Alpine Academy has given Guido Magnone, the legend between the alpinist 50’s giants, the first summiter of Mount Fitz Roy in a two-man team with Lionel Terray, a title of the honorary member of the Academy. Now Guido is 80, and he is still fond of challenges.
Valence World Cup. Results
1 Vidmar Maja SLO 47.00 +
1 USOBIAGA LAKUNZA Patxi ESP 53.00 -
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All nominees are assembled. In some minutes the hanging committee opens representation of the projects - the most important alpine achievements over the past year.
In the evening just past midnight (Moscow time) the Winners will be announced.
Check out on the Mountain.RU: NOMINEES PIOLET D'OR 2004
Our climb was rather uneasy - the route appeared very long and difficult. We had to haul a lot of gear as the route includes practically all elements: difficult rock-climbing, AID-climbing, ice and snow climbing. We did our best and showed a good result - for the first day we climbed the ice-fall, made 11 pitches up to the Col and 18 pitches after it and stop to spend the night sitting on a small ledge under the traverse. It was cold but according to the Patagonian measures rather tolerable as it could be much worse. Since the morning we quickly traversed and met a great company of British climbers descending to base camp after four day-climbing the route. They were impressed very much at our technique and speed of climb, and later, on the party they invited us to arrive in UÊ on annual international forum. In the same place we met Slovenian familiar girls Tanya and Monica that had luck this time: they found courage to return after a week-old failure and summited after a three-day climb.
After the traverse we made four pitches more. The sun was already shining with all his might. It was the 4-th day of ideal sun weather. We prayed on good weather and we had it. However it brought us the main problem. Under the sun's rays the summit ice mushroom, hanging above a vertical headwall, began to thaw and crumble. When we got under it, the collapse of ice-blocks drew to a head. Every pitch more and more ice fell from above. Making the 4-th pitch we had to shelter from the ice bombardment with our backpacks for some minutes and to take advantage of a 30-second break to climb some meters more. It became too dangerous. And we decided that living is high and bailed being overpowered by nature. And it was not for nothing. Traversing back and being already in safe place we saw a great ice collapse falling on our route and sweeping away everything on the way. Really, we realized that the danger was over.
Slovene girls descended this dangerous dihedral before us, but they were not such lucky - Monica was rather seriously injured and fractured rib. But all the same, they were very pleased indeed.
For the same reason this day Dean Potter did not manage to summit Torre Egger, Thomas Huber bailed too, the Austrians Toni and Marcus stop climbing Cerro Torre via Maestri -Egger route. Too good weather appeared good-for-nothing for climb in Patagonia.
Now we are reviving in Chalten and plan to leave on Fitz Roy to climb the American route. This time the weather is bad, but according weather forecast we will have a weather window on Monday. And on Monday we will leave Polish camp site at the foot of Fitz Roy. We have no enough time, in a week we have to leave back. So if they do not prove the weather window, we will not climb at all. It will not be easy to get under the route: we have to go through rather dangerous place - a couloir between Fitz Roy and Poincenot with hanging above huge ice seracs. We will try to work quickly.
us of good luck.
At night there was a nasty turn in the weather indeed, however the next day it improved again and we moved forward to Norwegian-camp at the foot of Cerro Torre. Having humped our heavy backpacks (about 40kg each) we made good time crossing 10 km onto a huge glacier, moraines and loose talus for 11 hours. Well, later we were requited for our uneasy trek.
A good company consisting of Dean Potter and his wife, Thomas Huber, climbers from Austria and Slovenia met us at Norwegos (Norwegian camp). Dean, his wife Stephanie and Thomas told that the Austrians first and they after them were going to start at midnight. And Dean really wanted to b.a.s.e.-jump from Cerro Torre summit.
Towards evening a Slovene two-woman team returned from ascent to the base camp. Monica and Tanya on hearsay were the first female team summited Fitzroy. They were very pleased and cheerful as they returned safe and sound. The day before (right when we were admiring clouds in Bridwell) they got into a violent storm. They did not have even waterproof gloves and their descent was rather difficult. In spite of the fact that they did not climb the last 4 pitches up to the top and bailed their mood was wonderful. Really everybody here are enamoured of climbing in itself. It does not matter if you manage to summit or not.
Having spent the white night under stones at Norwegos we moved further. Under the plan we had to climb towards the Col where to spend the night. But on our way we were informed on a satellite phone about bad weather forecast for the nearest 3 days. It seemed to be the truth because since the morning the summit was tightened with dark clouds with lightning flashed in. Thus everywhere except for Cerro Torre the weather was good. Fitzroy (just in 3 km) was absolutely clear of cloud. We dropped the backpacks and went further with light baggage - to get limbered up and look at the route condition. On our way we met the Slovenes who bailed their climb due to the bad weather and then Dean Potter and Thomas Huber. They did not want to ask for trouble too climbing through bad weather. Thomas appeared a very pleasant guy, smiling and thanking a lot when we suggested them to throw off the rope for rappelling.
The ice-fall leading to the rocks under the Col was strongly softened under the bright sun. Getting over a bergschrund, we had to climb a hanging wall covered with softened granulated snows. Tools did not hold in general, even when having been hammered on the shaft, they went further deep under pressing. We moved trying to find slices of firm ice, in size of a coin. Probably, the summit ice mush-room is in the same condition. But, as people speak "it's possible".
As the result we climbed halfway up to the col. Rocks were wet with ice sites in places and we climbed in crampons. When small avalanches began to collapse we gave up and descended right up to Bridwell-camp.
Now we are in Chalten attached ourselves to an excellent company: Leo Houlding and Kevin Thaw, Thomas Huber singing his songs to a guitar, Dean, cheerful guys from Slovenia and a lot of others. Yesterday we had a good party in our camping singing Russian songs on happy three voices to a guitar too.
Leo and Kevin just summited Fitzroy, Cazarotto route (North ridge). They had expected to climb the route for one day (under the description it's difficultly no more than 6b, and the guys are the real experienced climbers of 8-graded lines). However the route appeared very complex. They had to spend 2 cold nights on the wall without sleeping bags and a stove, meal and water. They were heated putting on backpacks on a head. After they descended Leo was sleeping for two days and then was drinking nonstop one day more. Now he is as sober as a judge, and they'll leave tomorrow for the next climb: this time it is El Mocho turn.
Dean and Stephanie yesterday descended to Bridwell and tomorrow are going to Norwegos. They want to try to summit Cerro Torre all the same. We'll leave tomorrow too. We decided to try to start directly from Norwegos in alpine style not to bivy at the Col. It would be hard. All the route includes about 40 pitches. We'll start at night on Monday. We have a good forecast on Monday - Tuesday, but on Wednesday the weather will start to spoil.
We'd like to hug tight all of you,
Tomorrow we will climb hardly upper and spend the night on a shoulder's bergschrund there. Thomas Huber and Dean Potter plan to start climbing in 2 hours and ascend all the night, i.e. tomorrow to reach the top and then Dean Potter wants to make a b.a.s.e.-jump right from the summit.
That is all there is to it for today.
And in Buenos Aires the real summer holds. They are dancing tango in the streets, beggars and paperboys are passing to and fro. The day is sweaty. Tomorrow we take off for El Calafate.
We'd like to hold you in our arms.
Today we arrived from Buenos Aires in El Calafate. Cerro Torre and Fitzroy were visible from the plane. The sky is grotesque here. Low torn clouds, absolutely flat, bear heavily on your mind.
There was only one terrible tent and we had to buy it unconscious of how to use it. But there was no other alternative. And we bought a cool newest down sleeping bag in weight of 700g.
Tomorrow at 7 a.m. we leave in Chalten by bus. This journey will take us for 5 hours.
Alxander, Leonid, Olga.
In the Super Final in Valle di Daone the Austrian and German beat Herbert Klammer from Italy and Natalia Koulikova from Russia.
Simon Wandeler from Switzerland and Jenny Lavarda from Italy placed third.
For full news reports and a great photo gallery by Giulio Malfer, please visit: http://www.daoneicemaster.it/
Such fast ascent's ending appeared unexpected for a lot of fans. We were adjusted for waiting for good news for some days. As it turned out during communication Kodar-Krasnoyarsk Nikolay omitted mention of the bottom 4-5 pitches of an abrupt snow-ice couloir they had climbed. Thus, all the route is really of 22 pitches, extent of its wall part - 17 pitches.
All the plans have been completely accomplished. The team prepares for returning. Term of return depends on helicopter's availability in Taksimo and good weather.
We congratulate and wait for the winners!
We decided not to take off the fixed rope for extreme descent in case of bad weather. Today is negative 34, but a thermometer has already registered -38 and-40 degrees centigrade. The wall is very cold and all ice-covered due to its exposition: within all the day any stream of sun does not reach its slopes. Large monolithic blocks, corners, chimneys are characteristic parameters of wall's terrain structure. It's hard to organize a safe belay. We use sky-hooks to climb very firm granite plates, but it's really difficult. Steepness is up to 80 degrees in places, but the top part of the route seems more abrupt on the average.
Everything is lovely in the base camp. The warmed tent Rock Pillars is worth its keep. When it's made up the fire in it we have about +20 inside. Under the wall we dug a good cave for 6 people. The area is very interesting, wild: there is not any local habitation, hunting shelters or man's traces. Loginov and Sikilinda climbed a beautiful winter 5B-graded route on the next (left) mountain spending 2 days for fixing the rope and one day for the summit push. The other free members of our expedition climbed less complex routes 1B- and 2A-graded.
We keep shootings a film about our expedition. In spite of the fact that the camera is frequently freezing, we have already shot an hour and a half. Misha Vershinin actively works. Now it's full of the moon, and Mike is shooting even in the moonlight. Unfortunately, there is no opportunity to send photos. And we can only receive SMS-messages but not send them.
Keep in touch with us!
In ice-climbing organizers do not want to peddle cups: if they carry out something it will be a championship. The results of World Championship-2005 were summed up: Austrian Hari Berger and Petra Muller from Switzerland won Difficulty and Evgeny Kryvosheytsev from Ukraine and Natalia Kulikova from Russia were the first in speed.
1 BERGER Hari (Austria)
1 MULLER Petra (Switzerland)
1 KRYVOSHEYTSEV Evgeny (Ukraine)
1 KOULIKOVA Natalia
Hari Berger. Author: Giulio Malfer,
Master of Sport of International Grade
The last climber who was called as "The best climber of the USSR" (1990 and 1991) just before USSR's disintegration.
1990 - won the USSR championship in a technical class (Fanskie mountain) having ascended 8 summits for 13 days (six 5B-graded routes and two 6À).
1991 - the USSR championship, a rocky class, Karavshin gorge of the Turkestansky ridge. The team of Alexander Klenov, Sergey Borisov, Michael Bruk, Igor Bugachevsky, Michael Donskikh, Alexander Solodovnikov summited peaks "Slesova", "Asan" and won "the gold".
1991 - the USSR championship, a technical class, Aksu gorge of the Turkestansky ridge. The team of Sergey Borisov, Alexander Klenov, Michael Brook, Michael Donskikh, Alexander Kolesov, Alexander Limarenko summited Admiralteets, Iskander, A.Blok and won "the gold".
2002 - Everest via Northern col.
The day before we start our descent adventure we lost our Kitchenboy Chiring, who went to ABC to take down the last things….. In the evening he didn’t come back to BC and we was very worry…. All together we went out in the darkness and the storm, looking for him. We thought about the worst, because the temperature was very low and it had snow a lot. Luckily Chiring organised by himself one bivac 2 ours far from BC, when he understood the difficulty of the situation. But we pasted a very bad night….
The they after we Chiring arrived in BC and we all were very happy to see him. But one other dramatic adventure was starting. At 12:30 we started from BC at 5200 meters to Nyalam at 3750 and 25 km far. Nobody from us thought, that only after some ours we would find storm, - 30 degree, fog and snow sometimes till our waist!!! We needed 14 ours without stop, fighting with the elements and in the darkness, before we arrived with totally cold in Nyalam. My small finger is black and all the other fingers I have only partially sensibility. The others are only tired from the exhausting work and some small frostbite in the face (also I have….). More than one time we finished in the icy water from the river, because he was covert by thin ice and snow, that broken when we passed over. Other times the snow was so deep and powdery near to impossible to go on. At 3:30 Peking time Piotr and I reached the place where we slept when we did go up. The others came a little later and at last Jan after some ours. I think our looks were not so nice, because the people observed us long…..
The day after we droved by the jeep to Zangmu, the boarder to Nepal. There we take showers and sauna for 3 ours non-stop!!!
Today we arrived at Kathmandu. On more shower and now we are preparing to go out from our Hotel and I want to eat a big beef and make party for be back to the normality.
P.S. Today, the 20th of January the CTMA certificated our summit with the sentence “first winter Summit” as the first winter summit from Shisha Pangma, maked by Simone Moro ITA and Piotr Morawski POL at the 14th of Januray
On January 19 at Parallel Slalom Denis became only 13th and Svetlana - 12th. The world championship is carried out twice a year.
And against rather sad results of Russian skiers in technical sports (slalom, giant slalom) success of our snowboarding team is impressing.
Ines Papert won Difficulty event with the best time 19:53 and thousand spectators could enjoy her sending the most complicated mixed line in the artificial ice canyon. She was the unique women made TOP - really that was not a sensation, but that fact that her time was the best by the end of the competitions went through like a packet of salts! A cool Canadian athlete Will Gadd yielded this fragile German girl almost for two minutes, and Harry Berger from Austria - much more than that. It is fair to say that Will Gadd sent a final line without "Heelhooks" manner and that took much more time to send. Well, this result and sending the route of "Vertical Limit" are confirmed Ines's high class and unconditional leadership among all the masters of frozen water.
The tenth annual festival "Events in Ouary" (Salt Lake City, Utha) became unqualified success of its Organizers, some thousand spectators were obvious confirmation to that. The conditions for ice-climbing in Ouary canyon were simply phenomenally good. And slide shows and a fashion parade of exclusive sports mark "Arc'teryx" completed even without that interesting evening programs.
Ines's result is really unique.
The Chief of Black Diamond European branch said: "Ines is very cool. I do not know any woman in athletic sports in which a girl could become better, than the best man!"
Photo - www.bergsteigen.at
The Wall justifies our expectations: impressive, severe, tempting. It's very abrupt and has altitude difference not less than 1000m. We set a camp in 3 kilometers from the Wall. Woodland is insignificant there.
Today the part of our team went downwards the gorge for preparation of fire wood for the stove, and the others went to break trail to Wall's foot. Yesterday the temperature in Taksimo was negative 40, but in the gorge it is a little bit warmer.
Our greetings to everyone who is a fan of us!
14.01.2005 Our Expedition started.
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One of these days the guys come back, but I want to be late a little and stay here to take a walk. Our greetings to all of you.
This is first winter ascent on Shisha Pangma in history (callendar winter started 21st December) and we can truly say that in typical winter conditions (strong wind, no snow, a lot of ice). Now only six 8000 meters peaks are waiting for its first winter ascents...
Simone and Piotr
It is worthwhile to say that Nick and Stuart sent the route clean, i.e. free climbed. Nick already tried the route last year but fell and broke his anklebone, and this year he returned there with MacAleese to have luck again on 13-pitch mixed route. All the route took them four days, from which two full days they were climbing.
Simone and Piotr
The wind is still blowing with terrible force. But we'd like to reach the col (about 7300) and hope to set up Camp 2 behind the col. Today, during the way to the ABC we were watching a wind smoke on the summit ridge, and we didn't want even to think what was up there...
Also the south wall of Shisha has totally changed character comparing to that 2 weeks ago: instead of snow we could see big fields of pure ice!
We are in a good physical condition and motivation is high... In any case we will follow his advise and Piotr and I will go tomorrow "only" to try to finish to fix all the route till the ridge at 7300 and fix C2. Than we will be back in base camp waiting for good news from Karl and his perfect forecast.
Yesterday they get a really hard job and difficult conditions and this morning was difficult to take decision to left the sleeping bags and start for the descent to ABC and BC. Jan also started to come down from ABC to BC and this evening we will be all together here at 5200 meter of Base Camp. Tomorrow we will take decision and strategies for the next important week....
Yesterday we finished to repair one of the 3 tends we get in ABC that had been seriously broken from the big hungry birds. The birds were looking for food and brake all the tends, without find any food (we left especially in a plastic drum). Maybe the damage is a revenge....?
Tomorrow they will try to carry higher....
Cross the finger for us.... The next 1/2 weeks will be extremely important for
Darek and Jacek were working all the day above the C1 (6550
m). They probably reached 6800 m, foot of the last few hundreds meters of couloir.
Our route occured longer than we expected and with ropes we already have up, it will be difficult to reach the col. But we will do our best.
Our generator stopped to work and "get frostbite". Piotr and Jan today made a surgery operation and they obtain to get 12 volt power from it. Together my solar pannel we should continue to give enough energy to our camp...
Karl Gabl (our Austrian Guru for the weahter forecast) said to be patient and to call him Monday in Innsbruck. We will have our next weather forecast and we hope to have good news...
We wish again a nice 2005 full of smiling moments...
Last night the wind and the cold had been a good test for our capacities. The bad weather should persist for the next 3/4 days and we will take a good rest and "charge our motivations and determination". Tonight we will celebrate the new year and we wish to all of you a 2005 in health and without any polemic...
Have a nice 2005!! and I hope you will continue to follow the adventures from me and my friends also in 2005.
Tomorrow we'd like to work higher. Now the weather is quite good, a lot of clouds, sometimes sun and the wind is shaking our tent, but not blowing us out from the wall.
Today we worked to fix all the tends of base camp and fix them with ropes and big stones to avoid that wind brake them during next storms. Tonight we will celebrate our Christmas and Jan prepared a nice Christmas tree in the dining tend. Tomorrow we probably go to ABC and back to BC, to carry some equipment.
We wish all of you our greetings and Marry Christmas!!!
Simone, Jan, Darek, Piotr, Jacek
in Nyalam today. We left yesterday because today there was supposed to be
a strike with numerous blockades on the street from Kathmandu to the border. Unfortunately,
although we left yesterday we still had problems half an hour before Kodhari (on
the border of Nepal and China). A military street blockade with a barbed wire
and machine gunners lined up forced us to wait until the next day to continue.
We were able to sleep in a small private house and eat in a hut for the Nepalese.
A few days ago, before returning to Nepal, he gave Lafaille the certificate which proves his climb to the peak at 14:00 on December 11th, but he did not write "WINTER EXPEDITION" even though the Frenchman insisted he write it because he didn't consider it a winter climb. Nawang says that he has 10 years of expedition experience in all 4 seasons and Lafaille's climb was not to be registered with the TMA as a "WINTER EXPEDITION" but as "LATE AUTUMN." Anyone can contact Nawang at the TMA in order to confirm this.
The French alpinist got his Chinese Visa extended because
he only intended to stay 30 days and as he entered Tibet and started the expedition
before December 1st, he acted with the normal autumn permission. With all this
news and clarification, added to the scientific one of the world season calendar
which says that winter starts the 21st of December, we must consider that Shisha
Pangma has never been conquered in winter. Now it's up to us to see if this climb
Translation by Jonathan Etes
Having stayed for some days in only 150 meters up to the summit waiting for the weather window, the guys began their sad descent.
Today we navigated in internet to see how is going with the news about the JC Lafaille climb on Shisha. With huge surprise we saw the photo of the "new line" of JC, because we discovered that 50% of that route is our route of last winter (green line)!!!!! We have photos and film of that line we made last December and January (till the point where the route cross the number 5 and 6). We didn't considered that part as new because the aim of the Spanish route we climbed was to follow the big coloir from the base of the wall to the summit, and our line had been only the physiological variant in order to the ice and weather conditions. In any case we sent many photos already one years ago to my web site and the most important world web site and our line and story should be well known.
any case we would like to congratulate JC Lafaille for the good climb and the
success. Really! We also would like to congratulate him for the tactics.....
Simone, Darek, Piotr
It is the first successful ascent on Shishapangma (8047m) done solo and without supplementary oxygen.
The information is provided by Katia Lafaille, France, www.jclafaille.com
Only at base camp we will decide the route we will attempt. We want to see directly the snow condition of the face and the weather forecast we will have from Innsbruck from my personal friend Karl Gabl.
Herewith I'm sending you the postcard I prepared for our expedition. I dind't received yet the cable but I took free all next week to realize all the procedure and training with iPAQ and Contact 3.0. Keep in touch
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