Nemjung South Face AscentFirst ascent by Yannick Graziani and Christian Trommsdorff
Oct. 11-16, 2009
"A route of around 2300m, 45 pitches (+ some simul climbing, maybe 25% of the route), ED+, mostly ice/mixed and snow, a few pitches with just rock. Many very delicate snow ridges/walls/flutes to climb or traverse, fantastic gullies and mixed climbing, many vertical sections; a very committing route, complicated abseils during the descent and also we had to climb from a gully back onto the base of the first tower (which we avoided by a 60m abseil on the way up).
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Expedition Makalu (8463m) West pillar solo - final reportSince one week I am back in Switzerland. My frostbitten feet are getting slowly better and I have started again with my climbing work out. Every day life is getting back, slowly. Nevertheless: I need this rest badly. The Makalu has challenged me to the very end.
The expedition was a great success, although I did not reach the summit over the primarily planned route over the west pillar. The conditions on the normal route were already very difficult, so that an ascent over the west pillar was simply impossible.
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Makalu Expedition - news from Base CampMonday, September 14, - Makalu base camp
I left Base Camp to Makalu west pillar on Saturday morning at 00.30 am. I ascended directly to my small tent at 6700 meters. Basically it is more an overstepping than an ascent. The way to the actual west pillar passes over the two Jumeaux.
B.A.S.E. Jump au pays des TrollsLa légende raconte que parmi les forêts sombres, les lacs reflétant la lune, les fjords profonds et les hautes montagnes aux sommets enneigés se trouvent les trolls…
Est-ce l’envie d’aller à leur rencontre, de visiter le pays des « Liv » qui m’aura amené en Norvège ?
S’il y avait un peu de cela, ce n’était pas la raison principale de mon voyage.