Hinkes Summits Annapurna I
May 6th EverestNews.com reported Alan's Summit of Annapurna.
Of course, the rest of the world did not have this
information. Now the report from Alan Hinkes' main
sponsor Berghaus [Nice people].
9th, 2002: ALAN HINKES SUCCESSFUL: SUMMIT
from the Himalaya have confirmed that Alan Hinkes has
summitted on Annapurna (8,091m), his latest Challenge
8000 peak, and is getting ever closer to being the
first Briton to climb all 14 of the 8,000m peaks in
the world. Alan reached the summit at about
11.30am local time on May 6th and got back down to
Camp III a few hours later.
reached base camp in the last week of April, by which
time he was already well acclimatized. He spent
the next few days completing the acclimatization
process and planning his attempt on the summit.
From base camp, he began to establish advanced
stations further up the mountain and by 5th May felt
that he was ready to make a bid for the summit.
Alanís base camp was hit by some ferocious storms
during one night last week and his mess tent was blown
away, conditions on Annapurna have generally been very
favourable. The weather was still good on 5th
May and Alan left his highest established position
(Camp III) in the first hour of the following day. He
made very good progress and by 11.30am was standing on
the top of Annapurna, where he took out the photo of
his daughter, Fiona, which he always carries with him
on Himalayan expeditions, and arranged his summit
photograph. Soon after noon, Alan started making
his way back down from the summit, and some hours
later was back in Camp III. Alan will soon be
returning from base camp to Kathmandu, and will then
fly back to the UK.
via satellite phone from base camp last night
Alan said: ďI set off from camp 3 just before
midnight on 5th May to do a recce but the
weather conditions were really good so I just
pushed on ahead to make an attempt on the
far as I am aware I am the first British man to
have summitted Annapurna in 32 years and I even
used a new route close to the French route on
the north face, which is a great feeling.
one of the most amazing mountains I have climbed
Ė the scenery is awesome. Iím exhausted and
overwhelmed to have achieved all this so quickly
and am looking forward to returning home to rest
and especially to see my daughter Fiona.Ē