Introduction of the expedition: Members : Dodo Kopold ( Slovak), Petr Masek
and Martin Minarik ( Czechs)
Goal : alpine or light style Nortwest Face of Annapurna (most likely
Term : October 08
I leave with small group of trekkers on September 21 and Dodo and Petr will
join us several days later. Initial aclimatization around Tilicho Lake, then
off to Annapurna base camp for the climb.
Annapurna aka Morshiadi ( 8091 meters high; 26545
feet) is located on the Annapurna massif in
North-central Nepal. Annapurna, the tenth highest
mountain in the world, was first climbed in 1950
by the French expedition Maurice Herzog and Louis
Lachenal on June 3rd, 1950. The first 8000 meter
peak climbed, today it is arguably the most
feared. Annapurna is translated " Goddess of the
Harvests" or "the Provider".
The major peaks
on the Annapurna range is Annapurna I (8091 meters high), Annapurna II (7937
meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters), Annapurna IV (7525 meters), Gangapurna
(7455 meters) and Annapurna South (7219 meters).
Annapurna was the first
8000-meter peak ever climbed. The 1950 first ascent via the North Face was
immortalized in the great Maurice Herzog's book "Annapurna". 20 years more it
took for another team to succeed on the mountain. Chris Bonington's team 1970
ascent of the South Face of Annapurna was a landmark in the history of
mountaineering. Two American women, Irene Miller and Vira Komarkova, have
reached the summit via the North Face in October of 1978, making the first
ascent by Americans! In May of 1988, American Steve Boyer, working with a
large French expedition, reached the summit, repeating the Bonington route on
the South Face with a large French expedition.