Saturday, 2 January 2010

Ready for Take off!

Vassily Pivtsov (33) a member of the Kazakhstan National team project and Iwill attempt the North Face of Kwangde Lho 6187m in Nepal staring in January 2010. From what we know so far we will be the sole winter expedition to the Khumbu region this winter. Its frankly quite amazing that this mighty landscape will ours alone to explore. A far cry from what it will be like a few months later when the hot shoots arrive for there guide work on 8000m.

We are
 aiming to do a pure alpine style calendar-winter ascent of Kwangde Lho(6187m) via the North Face.

We will try a new route on the North Face if conditions permit. If conditions looks to thin on the "project" we will try to repeat the legendary Breashears-Lowe route, ED2, WI6, 1200m, from 1982. This route has never had a complete accent since it was first established.

The Kwangde group lies in Nepal's Khumbu region. The North Face is about 1300 meters in Vertical height and has 7 routes that we know of. They are all very technical and we expect steep ice, rock and mixed. The routes established so far are all ED rated with Ice not easier than WI5 and mixed between M5 and M8.

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