Thursday, January 4, 2018

First Ascents of Sunkala Topi etc Nepal + Alex Txikon Everest Solo Sans Oxygen + Winter Nanga Parbat & K2

First ascent of Sunkala Topi, Lek Fett, and Pratibandhit Lek in W Nepal byAmerican Alpine JournaL
Alex Txikon trying Everest solo without supplemental Oxygen - by Gripped Magazine
Winter : Tomek and Elisabeth at 6000 meters on Nanga Parbat, the Roles trekking to K2 CB -- First ascents of Sunkala Topi, Lek Fett and Pratibandhit Lek - in Nepal -- Alex Txikon trying Everest solo sans supplemental oxygen -- Winter : Tomek and Elisabeth at 6000 meters on Nanga Parbat, the Poles trekking to K2 CB -- English translation available

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@austin_siadak arriving yesterday to the Col del Bloque Empotrado, on our way up to the summit of Aguja Val Biois. This often overshadowed peak seemed significantly more difficult to get to the top of than its better-known neighbors, Guillaumet and Mermoz, but our experience was perhaps somewhat biased by difficult conditions. Sometimes, and particularly on granite cracks, a pitch that would be extremely easy barehanded and in rock shoes, can be pretty tricky in crampons and with ice axes. It was fun though to finally go alpine climbing after a bunch of bad weather here in Chaltén, and it was cool to climb a mountain that neither of us had ever climbed before. I’ve been nursing an IT-band injury down here, and on this trip into the mountains did everything I could to keep it from getting inflamed, including hiking down from Piedra Negra at an abysmally slow pace. To help out my currently sensitive knee, Austin kindly carried more than his share of weight, and did more than his share of trail breaking - Thanks, dude! @patagonia_climb @petzl_official @lasportivana @trailbutter


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