Channel 5 in the UK report, was supposed carefully edited, which made it seem
like he summited, but they don't know that. That report appears to have many
confused. With all of that said, we should know in a few days if he has made
OK have now got to the bottom of
this story and it seems that Channel 5 twisted an interview that Dave Evans
from Berghaus gave to SKY TV last week. This morning has seen me speaking with
SKY/Channel 5 and Berghaus to clear this up.
The latest situation is that
nobody has heard from Alan, he was due to push for the summit over the weekend
and we are all waiting for him to call. It may well be that his sat phone
generator is broken and if this is the case we won't hear from him until he is
back in Kathmandu.
Here is the scrip from the
interview that SKY had with Berghaus...
"It was a journey which
started in 1987. Alan Hinkes's aim sounded simple enough. To climb the
world's 14 highest mountains. Those over 8 thousand feet high. It's taken
him 25 attempts to complete that journey. One of those which he scaled was
K2. This was the point when he reached the summit.
GRAB - Alan Hinkes /
Challenge 2000 30" tight out 34"
Here Alan is crossing a deep
crevasse. On this occasion it went well. But on another climb the bridge
collapsed, Alan fell - breaking his arm. He described his decent back down
the mountain as "very scary" - perhaps an understatement for a very brave man.
On other occasions the
threats were from avalanches like these.
Alan's support team back in
the UK say the last stretch of his challenge has been particularly difficult.
GRAB - Dave Evans - Challenge
So how did Alan celebrate his
achievement of becoming the first Britain to ever climb the 14 highest
mountains? Just like he did when he reached this previous summit. By having
his photograph taken with his own special flag - a picture of his daughter and
Having now read all the
details - this wasn't an agency story - it came from the newsroom at Sky who
had also been running the report. It was produced based on the timeline they
had. They have no confirmation Alan has been successful. As you see from the
script is was a "look ahead" rather than a confirmation report.
Hope that clears up the
Update: Berghaus has
no knowledge of the an Alan summits yet...
We understand from our UK, readers that Channel 5 in the UK has reported this
news. However, again, this is ALL totally unconfirmed at this point. Stay
BRITISH MOUNTAINEER ALAN
HINKES PREPPED FOR RECORD SUMMIT BID
For British mountaineer Alan Hinkes it seems to be a waiting game at
Kangchenjunga base camp with the weather proving to be a fickle companion.
With nothing but heavy snow for more or less three weeks the Swiss
International climbing team at base camp decided to call it a day and retreat
back to Kathmandu. No sooner had they left than the snow stopped and the
temperature rose. The snow has now receded above base camp for the fist time
since Alan arrived more than three weeks ago.
Alan is now pretty much alone at base camp with just his climbing partner
Pasang Gelu and a couple of cooks to keep him company. By his own admission
this is how he prefers it and he's now beginning the mental preparation for a
final summit dash.
The weather forecast (which is never too reliable in the Himalaya) is looking
favourable towards the weekend so when the majority of the UK is enjoying the
Bank Holiday, Berghaus athlete, Alan Hinkes will be pushing for his final
8000m summit. If successful he becomes the first Briton to climb all 14
'8000ers' and only the 13th person to join the elite club of 8000m hero's.
Hopefully - with fingers crossed and touching wood - the next Alan update will
be a summit announcement
Update 20/05/05 from Alan
Hinkes: Weather challenges final push for the summit
The weather on the mountain
continues to remain poor, throwing everything it can at Alan. So much so that
the Swiss expedition is considering leaving base camp in the next few days to
return to Kathmandu. However, Alan is determined to give his everything and is
remaining there at least for another week to see if there is a break in the
weather. If there is an opening he will probably make an attempt on the
mountain early to mid next week.
Leading British mountaineer Alan
Hinkes has just called in to Berghaus, his sponsors, headquarters from his
record summit attempt on the 8000m Kangchenjunga mountain in Nepal.
Alan is in good spirits and
following several days on the mountain to set up camp 1 he has returned to
base camp for a well earned rest before making an attempt further up the
mountain to set up camp 2.
From camp 2 Alan hopes
to be able to make a summit attempt. However conditions on the mountain
are treacherous with a Swiss expedition already having two of its mountaineers
helicoptered out with injuries.
Alan states: "I am hoping
there won’t be a need for a third camp but with conditions already
threatening the lives of those around me I need to make a sound judgement
call when the time comes. As I have always stated no mountain is worth a
life but with this being my final 8000er and having been to
Kangchenjunga and failed twice already I have my sights set firm.”
Alan is again climbing with
his good friend Pasang with whom he summited his 13th 8000er, Dhaulagiri, in
Spring last year. If successful he will be the first Briton to have climbed
all of the world’s 8000m peaks and only the 13th person in the world to have
stood where so many can only dream of standing.
Alan Hinkes has announced his final Challenge 8000 expedition. Alan will be
flying out to the Himalaya at the end of March to climb Kangchenjunga and if
successful will enter the history books as the first Briton and only one of 12
people to have stood at the top of all of the world’s 8000m peaks.
As part of Challenge 8000, Alan has reached the top of 13 of the world’s most
famous and dangerous mountains, including Everest, K2 and Nanga Parbat and in
2002 he became the first Britain to climb Annapurna in 32 years and in record
time via a new route. All of these mountains are in the “Death Zone”, an
unforgiving environment where the human body rapidly deteriorates and no one
can survive for more than a few days.
Kangchenjunga (8586m) is the
third highest peak in the world. Alan had to previously abandon an attempt on
the mountain in May 2000 following bad weather conditions; while on his
descent a snow bridge collapsed across a crevasse and he fell into it,
breaking his arm. Having encountered the giant before Alan knows, like its
fellow 8000ers it is a very dangerous mountain and one for which he has to
Alan comments: "Kangchenjunga lies at the eastern extreme of the Himalaya and
is exposed to exceptionally bad weather conditions as the monsoon period moves
in. This isn’t my first visit to Kangchenjunga and I know what lies in store,
the terrain is very difficult and once on the mountain there is a very serious
danger of avalanche and rockfall. I am however not worried, it feels like I am
returning to an old friend and I am really looking forward to it. As I have
always said I climb to live, not to die - the summit is always optional but
returning is mandatory.”
Alan Hinkes has been working with Berghaus since the early 1980s and will be
using many of the company’s most technical products whilst on expedition.
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