British mountaineer Alan
Hinkes has announced that on his next
expedition he will climb Annapurna (8091
will be flying to the Himalaya at the end of
March and hopes to reach the summit during
Alan Hinkes is the UK’s
most successful extreme altitude mountaineer
and is getting close to being the first Briton
to climb all 14 of the 8,000m peaks in the
Read the dispatches from
his Annapurna 2002 Summit here!
“Challenge 8000” has
already seen him reach the top of many of the
world’s most famous and dangerous mountains,
including Everest, K2 and Nanga Parbat.
In 1997, Alan hit the national headlines when
he sneezed on excess flour from a chapatti while on
Nanga Parbat and prolapsed a disc in his back.
He was in agony, trapped on the mountain for 10
days before struggling down lower to rescue.
Alan recovered and went back to summit on Nanga
Parbat later the same year
Since 1987, Alan
has climbed 11 of the mountains, leaving only
Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Kangchenjunga to summit.
All of these peaks are in the ‘Death Zone’,
an unforgiving environment where the human body
rapidly deteriorates and no-one can survive for more
than a very few days.
Annapurna, like its fellow 8,000ers, is a very
dangerous proposition and one for which Alan has had
to prepare meticulously.
comments: “Annapurna is notorious for avalanches
and huge seracs (ice cliffs) which break off and
engulf the exposed mountain slopes. My plan is
to minimize the risk by climbing lightweight. I
do not have a death wish and I climb to live, not to
die. The summit is optional – returning is
Alan Hinkes has been
working with Berghaus since the early 1980s and will
be using much of the company’s most technical
products while on the expedition.
Read the dispatches from his
Annapurna 2002 Summit here!