explorer and mountaineer Alan Hinkes, who is sponsored by Berghaus, is
officially launching his bid to become the first Britain to join the ‘five
mile high club’, by appearing at The Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show, NEC
on Friday 18 March 2005, before leaving to attempt his final 8000m peak -
This is one of the most
dangerous and testing records ever set by man (no British climber has thus
far attempted, yet alone, achieved it) - more people have landed on the moon
than achieved this distinction and many have lost their lives in search of it.
Hinkes knows Kangchenjunga
well, having twice narrowly failed to reach the summit in the past 5 years.
First in 2000, he was beaten back by huge snow falls and then while alone on
his descent back to base camp, a snow bridge collapsed smashing his arm,
breaking it. Two years later he contracted a virus and retired ill.
Challenge 8000 is Hinkes’
attempt to climb all 14 of the world’s highest mountains. So far he has
summitted 13 including Everest and K2, but not without injury. The
resourceful Hinkes has sustained numerous broken limbs as well as a
prolapsed disc. In some cases he has had to return to a mountain several
times before conquering it. In severe altitude the human body rapidly
deteriorates and as rescue is not possible peaks over 8,000m have been named
‘The Death Zone’.
Hinkes will capture the
moment he summits in his customary way of producing a picture of his daughter
and grandson. The descent can be more dangerous than the ascent and only when
Hinkes safely reaches base camp can he really celebrate his achievement,
usually with a plate of eggs and chips.
Hinkes will leave the UK
on 22nd March. It will take 2 weeks of arduous trekking to reach base
camp. After 3-4 weeks of acclimatisation climbing he plans to summit between
10th – 25th May depending on a weather window.
Kangchenjunga is the
third highest peak in the world. This year is the 50th anniversary of the
first ascent by Briton’s Joe Brown, George Band, Tony Streather and Norman
Hardy (NZ). For over 15 years Alan Hinkes’ dedication and hard work have
made him a worldwide legendary hero. This year will see him reach his
ultimate goal and receive the much deserved adoration of the nation.
1987 Shisha Pangma
1990 Cho Oyu
1991 Broad Peak
1996 Gasherbrum I (Hidden
1996 Gasherbrum II
1998 Nanga Parbat
Some of EverestNews.com past coverage of Alan is
Kangchenjunga 2003 Alan Hinkes
Alan Hinkes Spring Makalu 99
Alan Hinkes Q&A
2000 Alan Hinkes
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