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  Mt. Everest 2005: Czech Expedition to the Hornbein Couloir Video


5/15/2005

Video
Video 1 (1.8 MB, 14 sec)
Video 2 (1.2 MB, 16 sec)
Video 3 (1.1 MB, 7 sec)
Video 4 (0.9 MB, 8 sec)

 

Josef Simunek leads the strong Czech team to attempt the Hornbein Couloir!

"There isn't a More Important Goal in Mountain Climbing than the Highest Peak of the World, 29,035 feet tall Mount Everest."

Mount Everest (29,035 ft.)
also called :  Chomolungma, Sagarmatha
translated :  Goddess Mother Earth
range :  Himalaya, border of Nepal and Tibet
elevation :  29,035 ft; 8 850 m
first ascent :  29.5.1953 British expedition, led by John Hunt, climbers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing makes the summit of the Mount Everest by south face.
Creation of the highest peak of the world (23,035 ft above sea level) is part of a rare event in the history of Earth, a gigantic clash of two continents: giant Eurasia a subtle India.

Mount EverestMount Everest

History of Himalaya 8000: The history of our company spans many years back. Allow me to describe in a few sentences how Himalaya 8000 was founded. In 1990 we left for Caucasus with Bouda (Ludek Ondrej) and other friends from Jicin Climbing club, Czech Republic. After an interesting trip to Ullu-tau and Usba (Caucasus), after which we joined an expedition to Pamir, with participation of Spanish climbers. Bouda asked Skrivan (Petr Skrivanek) and I to join the next year expedition to Pamir. The goal was to climb Korzenevskaja. We were successful, and Bouda and Skrivan reached the summit. In 1992 we put together another expedition to Pamir. This time we aimed for Peak Communism. Tadzikistan was in turmoil, so the boys had to return earlier than planned.

As a result, the group Himalaya8000 began to form. Bouda got to know Jarda Siran well. Jarda has the necessary network of contacts in Nepal. Thus the idea to organize an expedition to Himalayas was born. Spaniards were thinking about an expedition as well in cooperation with us. In December 1992, we got together at Bouda's house and founded our company with its first goal expedition to Cho-Oyu (8.201m). Mirek Novotny, who in 1979 with the Krkonosska Expedition was the first in the world to reach north Manaslu, put down the first 1000 Czech Crowns to found a corporate account. We had a hard time coming up with a name for our new company and even now I am not sure who came up with it, but the name Himalaya 8000 offered an exact description of what we plan to do-expeditions to Himalaya 8000+ m peaks. We had founded a company and even though the company didn't have any money, we established an account and started to prepare for Expedition Cho-Oyu. Deadline was clear, Fall 1993. And so started Himalaya 8000.

Josef Simunek

Mount Everest the goal :

  • Main goal of the expedition is to reach the summit of the highest mountain of the world, Mount Everest (29,035 ft), using Hornbein Couloir on the north face.
  • Company Himalaya 8000 has organized nine expeditions to eight-thousanders, and on five of them members have summited.
  • Members of this expedition are all experienced climbers, with several eight-thousanders under their belts. Other members have experiences from Pamir and Caucasus, and some belong to the best mix climbers in Czech Republic (i.e. combination of rock and ice).

↓ north face of Mount Everest with Hornbein Couloir
Mount Everest

people : expedition's leadership : Josef Simunek, Petr Hnojna
expedition's members : Ivan Foltyn, Sona Bostikova, Josef Moravek, Lucie Orsulova

JOSEF SIMUNEK JOSEF SIMUNEK, age: 40
summits and expeditions: Cho-Oyu 1993, Dhaulagiri 1994, Shisha Pangma 1995 (summit), Manaslu 1996, Makalu 1998 (summit), Lhotse 1999 (summit), Kangchenjunga 2000, K2 2001, Shisha Pangma 2002
JOSEF MORAVEK JOSEF MORAVEK, age: 43
summits and expeditions: Mt. McKinley 1990 and 1996 (summit), Broad Peak 1994, Mount Everest 1998, Ama Dablam 1998, (summit), Lhotse 1999 (summit), Dhaulagiri 1999, Kangchenjunga 2000
IVAN FOLTYN IVAN FOLTYN, age: 39
summits and expeditions: Pumo-Ri 1995, Mt. McKinley 1997 (summit), Ama Dablam 1998 (summit), Chan Tengri 1999 (summit), Kusum Kanguru 2001 (first in history, summit)
PETR HNOJNA PETR HNOJNA, age: 40
summits and expeditions: Shisha Pangma 2002, Annapurna IV 2003
SONA BOSTIKOVA SONA BOSTIKOVA, age: 33
summits and expeditions: Pumo-Ri 1995, Mt. McKinley 1997 (summit), Makalu 1998 (summit), Lhotse 1999 (summit), Kangchenjunga 2000, K2 2001
LUCIE ORSULOVA LUCIE ORSULOVA, age: 30
 

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