The Olympic climbing break, 01.05-?

May 7, 2008

Due to the planned olympic torch ascent to Everest from China, no climbing is permitted from the Nepal side of the mountain until May 10th.

 

This meant for us that we headed down to Dingboche at 4400m to recover and relax from the effects of high altitude. We also wanted to stay in climbing mode and decided to climb Island Peak 6189m.

We therefore left Dingboche on May 3rd and hiked to island Peak basecamp. The night ended up being very short, as we choose a radical approach to the summit. Getting up at 1am in snowfall is no fun, but we were rewarded with a beautiful view of Lhotse and Makalu after climbing the steep headwall and razor-edge ridge to the top.

Now we are back in Dingboche after a 18h day yesterday and will hike back to Everest basecamp in a few days.

 

We feel good and really look forward to the upcoming climbing and research on Everest and hopefully the real climbing will start soon!

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