Picture: Martin Minarik
I left bc on April 19 at 2am and climbed directly to Camp 2 in 11 hours. I
rested there the next day. On April 21 I left along with my ex climbing
partners Radek and Zdenek and we spent the night on the same tiny ledge at
7000m where I spent the night previously with Valery and Nick.
In the morning of April 22, I left with only bivi gear without sleeping
back and tent, none was previously above this altitude and I wanted to be as
light as possible. I found a good shelter under the rock at 7250m. Cold and
windy night but nice morning of April 23, I left late in only down jacket and
bottle of water in its pocket. Hot and windless day turned windy late
afternoon, after the traverse of the big couloir I found an excellent snow
which led me into the narrow couloir and the ridge with the body of German
climber exactly according to the description of the Spanish.
In darkness I reached the summit, then returned by the body back to north
slopes and reached my bivi site at 8am next morning. Less then 24 hours later
I was in bc and only few hours later on my way to French pass. I reach
Kathmandu on April 27.
Now I am back in Czech Republic drinking the best beer on the world.
It was one of the best trip to Himalaya in my life.
April 23, 2008 ( my summit day) is also the day of 8th birthday of my
daughter Anna Martina. One can hardly realize the strength of motivation for
me to reach the summit on this day as soon as I learned it would be possible
given the window in the weather.
Earlier: After exhausting ascent Martin Minarik reached the summit of Dhaulagiri on 4/23 at 20:00 (local time). It was a solo ascent from 7.000 m and nobody had carried him the equipment even thereunder. By available information it is probably the first ascent of
Himalayan 8000m-season 2008. Now he is in the BC.
Earlier: Martin summits Dhaulagiri!!!! It what
appears to be the first Summit of the season, Martin has done it again!
Details coming soon...
Update: On 4/19 Martin goes up. It will be a success for a ascent of the summit. If
it will be ok, he should be on 4/23 on the top. Till 25.4. is he without the
satellite phone, there is no signal.
Earlier: Martin has successfully finished the acclimatization, ascend
route up to 7.000 m. Now he is in the BC with Temba sherpa and getting new
energy by eating. Yesterday there was a small avalanche.
Update 4/8/2008: Under Dhaulagiri it was today (2004/04/07)
clear weather and warm, the wind was not blowing, it was possible to sunbath.
Ivan Vallejo and Carlos Pauer tomorrow pujua, Martin and Russians will take
part as well. On Wednesday they are going to go to C1, weather should be OK.
Update : The weather at Dhaulagiri is very bad. It
is snowing steadily. Martin and both Russians have to come back to BC from the
saddleback at 1/4/2008. In the BC is 40 centimeters snow for the present, up
in the saddleback in 6.000 meters there is waist-high snow.
Update 3/27/2008: Martin Minarik met 26/03/2008 at North
Dhaulagiri BC two Russians, Nikolai and Valeri. They want to acclimatize in
the west face. Tomorrow 28/03/2008 they are going to the saddle together.
Update: Martin Minarik reached base camp at 4.600 meters,
on the 22nd, under the Dhaulagiri north face. He going to relax.
Update: leave for Nepal on March 11 and plan to hike with
couple trekkers from Beni around the West Face of Dhaulagiri to the north base
camp. I would like to finish the climb within the month of April. Martin
Martin Minarik is back! For Spring 2008 it is Dhaulagiri
Solo! He leaves on March 11. "I would like to climb solo and alpine style,
currently looking for interesting line in north face but hard to guess as I
have no idea how much ice there will be. " he tells EverestNews.com.
After his terrible frostbites and trauma from the death of his friend in
2006 on Lhotse. He returned there in 07 and summited Lhotse. "I want to thank
everyone who was helping me to get back on my feet. " Martin told
Martin is probably best known to EverestNews.com readers for his SOLO
Summit of Cho Oyu in 2005, as the first summit of the season in 2005... See
the Cho Oyu report below...and more
Update: Martin phoned from basecamp of Cho Oyu. He summited at 3 pm local
time on the 16th. He was the only one on the mountain as the other group is
not yet acclimatized. more coming soon!
Update 4/11/2005: The hell
broke loose on the slopes of Cho Oyu and I think all dead bolsheviks blocked
the mountain for their party, I do not know what else to say.
On April 7, 05 I left BC in
the morning and made it easily to site of Camp 1, repacked and continued to
the top of serac at 6900m.
I found the shelter even the
wind started to blow. At about 2pm on April 8 (sun hits the slopes around
10am) I set off for approx. 7300m where people usually set up Camp 2. From
there I was planning to walk to the top. The huge crevasses I was warned about
are truly piece of cake - if you ever walked on Carbon glacier or the glaciers
I made it easily to 7300m and
realized after about one hour of trying that something is wrong with my stove.
I did not panic or anything, I even considered the option of leaving for the
summit right away and climb the whole night with about half of my thermos
left. Then I changed my plans and postponed the summit try for the next night,
using the day for rest and fixing the problem with my stove.
The night was windy and in
the morning, hell broke loose. I was confined inside my tent, without the
chance of moving (up or down) and without a chance of making water. And the
second night was nothing like the first one - second night was much worse. The
sky cleared, it got much colder and the wind popped up to the scale unmeasured
by sailors. In one minute intervals, wind was coming from all directions. All
moisture turned into ice inside the tent and it was blown back to my face,
there was no hiding spot. I could as well be outside it would make no
Then hallucinations came, not
because of altitude but because of complete lack of water. I changed my shirt
and the fellow in this new shirt started to give my advice. Fortunately for
me, most of this advise was sound. Towards the morning, I was licking the ice
from the sides of my tent and I knew I had to get out right away because if I
do not, I will not get the second chance.
I started right in the
morning, the wind was even worse then in the night and the wind chill had to
be 40 below or lower. The chance of frostbites were tremendous. My feet were
cold inside the sleeping bag already. I managed well considering I did not
drink for 48 hours. I was able to make the cave where I stored all the fuel,
food etc. I quickly got to Camp 1 where I was just setting the stove. I found
I am not alone on the mountain any longer. Friendly face of Ed Viesturs showed
up and Ed gladly shared the water he had left. He and his two companions just
carried the load to Camp 1.
These couple drinks made me
walk back to BC. It is cold and very windy even here. Over night I retrieved
the feel into my frostbitten fingertips and I am slowly getting power back
into them ( when I came, I could not squeeze the lemon into my tea). I started
to see without a problem again and it is nice to be able to go to pee after
more then 24 hours.
There are couple more
expeditions but I do not really mind. I am very well acclimatized and in a few
days when the full strength is back and this "dead bolsheviks parade on the
slopes of Cho Oyu" is over I will need only 2-3 days to make it to the top.
I know I will.
April 11, 05
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