8000 Meters Facts
2005: Andrew Lock checks in...
EverestNews.com, Just back in Australia after the Annapurna expedition. The
avalanche that killed Christian was very unfortunate – bad timing for those
still in the gully and very lucky for those of us who’d already climbed out of
the gully and into the cover of some seracs. Unfortunately nobody other than
me wanted to continue with the climb after we’d completed the rescue, so I was
forced to abandon the climb. I’d been hoping that the international team on
Dhaulagiri who were thinking of coming over to Annapurna would still come but
they decided not to, so that was it. I’ve soloed a couple of the 8000ers but
the general weather and snow conditions of this hill prompted me not to try
this one alone. I soloed up to camp 2 on the 20th, cleared out my equipment
and returned to base. I then took a heli out to Pokhara with the Americans
from my team and the remaining Italians of Silvio Mondinell’s team.
for me this season – back to work now to earn some money for the next
season. I am planning to guide on Cho Oyu and then to quickly climb the South
face of Shish in Autumn.
about it., Cheers,
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