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Advanced Base Camp on Shishapangma

Advanced Base Camp on Shishapangma

Got stuck. At about 7600 meters, 400 meters below the summit of Shishapangma, the first summit attempt of the ski mountaineers Benedikt Boehm and Sebastian Haag ended. On Thursday morning, the two Germans, their Italian companion Andrea Zambaldi and the Nepalese Sherpa Norbu decided with a heavy heart to turn around. There was hip-deep snow in the summit area, the risk of avalanches was too high. “I wanted to give a try to the summit”, says Basti, really frustrated, in the video that you can watch below. “But in the end I was alone because nobody wanted to come with me – I think because it was a kamikaze mission.” The team skied down to the Advanced Base Camp. “We failed”, says Bene. “There are two opportunities. One is to give up, the second one is to try it again. And that’s what we will do.” During their Double8 Expedition Boehm, Haag and Zambaldi want to climb and ski down the eight-thousanders Shishapangma and Cho Oyu and bike the distance between the two mountains – the whole thing within seven days.

P.S. Sorry for the delayed update, I was on a two-day-trip to Belgium.


20. September 2014 | 17:09