Expedition Makalu (8463m) West pillar solo - final report
Since 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 Camp
Monday, 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 Trolls
La 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.
Mike Horn is now accepting applications to join his expedition to India !
The PANGAEA project is still going strong: after the three expeditions, it might be your turn to get involved in the project. If you are a dynamic and enthusiastic young explorer, register today!
Who can participate?
Anyone between the ages of 15 and 20 years old can apply to be a Young Explorer through September 22.
How to join the expedition?
Makalu Expedition -8463m- west pillar solo
September 1, 2009 - Arrival at base camp (5250 meters above sea level).
Finally we reached the foot of the mountain. The 10 days lasting
trekking was not always very comfortable. The monsoon is still fully in
his element. So we mostly were humid and wet. Luckily the bloodsucker
didn't bother us too much.