Thursday, 21 January 2010

Game over

We have decided to pack up and return home. Its sad but the only thing we can do. We cant obtain a new permit in time to try another peak as our window closes on Saturday. We did not get to climb but we have had a great time and a new friendship has been forged. I think we both have enjoyed this trip even though we are hugely disappointed.

Conditions are hard to predict and even harder to cope with. The total absence of ice on the 1300 meter super steep wall of Kwangde was simply not some thing we had any desire to expose our self to. One has to know when to back off in order to get future opportunities to climb in the greater ranges. I will be back in Himalaya in July to try the North Ridge of Latok and Vassy is hoping to go to Lhotse as well as becoming a father in a few weeks.

We want to thank:

Simone Moro, Ines Pappert, Frederic Gottardi, Bruce Normand, Simon Anthamatten, Crux, RedFox, Rab, Patagonia, Clif Bar, Outdoordesigns, nuun and Cho Oyu Trekking for there kind support, advice and help.