Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 11:32

Annapurna Expedition Update

Safe and sound to the Base Camp now, after finally establishing Camp 2, at 5.700m and spending one night there for acclimatisation. Perfect weather, but bellow Camp 2 one serac released some tones of ice just an hour after our passing by, making it an almost closed call for two other climbers. The route up to Camp 3, at some point, for some dozen minutes overcomes a rock gully having atop one of the biggest hanging seracs I have ever seen. One serious ice avalanche started from there yesterday evening, while we were digging out our tent platform, and intersected the climbing route. Totally unpredictable. There is no other safe or safer alternative to reach the upper part of Annapurna. Taking chances on the Russian Roulette is not exactly my type of climbing. Evaluating the options.


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