2001: Qgir - K2 Himalaya 8000
||Qgir - K2
Czech Expedition: HIMALAYA
8000 K2 (8612 meters) & Broad Peak (8047 meters) Updates
Interview with Hans Kammerlander (before his Summit) at the BC the of Czech expedition
You are already on your third time under K2...
Kammerlander: Yes. Every time I had to return due to bad weather. In
1999 I had to turn and go down from 8450 m. K2 is a
beautiful mountain. Dangerous too.
What day are you planning to attack the summit?
Kammerlander: Sunday 7/22, The weather should be bad after that
based on forecasts.
(While we were asking questions above, Hans lit his
cigarette from a pack with Chinese signs on it. )
When did you start to smoke?
Kammerlander: Probably five or six years ago. On the expedition. I
smoke in BC if I talk to somebody or if I have nothing
to do at that moment. I never smoke at home.
Do you have a life besides expeditions?
Kammerlander: My life is more than just expeditions. I also do rock
climbing. I teach skiing back home in the south Tyrols
and I provide a guide service to trekking groups...
Is it because of the money in teaching or being guide?
Kammerlander: It is a business a bit of course, but the most
important part is to be in the mountains. It is a
What do you with your free time?
Kammerlander: If I am not with expedition, then I'm teaching
I meant when you do have free time, how do you relax?
Kammerlander: I like cars a lot - antiques. I have four of them at
home: a Ford model T from 1922, from 1935 a Fiat
Pallia, and two more Fiat 500s. Those were the cars of
my youth. The whole of Italy used to ride them in
those days. So if I really have free time, I take some
of these cars out and drive very slowly around for a
hour or so (all the cars are in working order!)
That demands a lot of work?
Kammerlander: No it doesn't. I have my office, where my wife is
working with an assistant. My life is not to sit in
the office and make phone calls.
Are you rich?
(Hans is lighting another cigarette and thinks for a
Kammerlander: I am happy. I am different from my friend Messner, he
works too much. He's a business man. For example I
went to the ocean six years ago for the first time. At
that time I had just come back from an expedition with
frozen toes on my foot and I recovered better at the
ocean. From that time on I go to the beach for at
least for 3 -4 days, even though it was for me hard to
Do you just lie on the beach sun tanning?
Kammerlander: Not that. I water ski a lot and I even tried scuba
So from K2 you ill go directly to the ocean?
Kammerlander: No. I must return home first to finish my book. The
title is still open. It will be published in Italian,
German, Dutch, and Russian.
So after that the ocean and antique cars?
Kammerlander: No. Then I lead a trek to Island Peak in Nepal. For
about 8 to 12 people.
record: Hans Kammerlander
Successful climbs on high mountains
1983 - Cho-Oyu (with Messner)
1984 - Gasherbrum 1 + Gasherbrum 2 (traverse with
1985 - Annapurna (northwest new route)
1985 - Dhaulagiri
1986 - Makalu (with Messner)
1986 - Lhotse (with Messner)
1987 - Cerro-Tore
1990 - Nanga Parbat (He was the first ever to ski down
from the summit)
1992 - Svivling (A beautiful mountain in India, I
climbed a new, quite difficult route.)
1994 - Broad Peak (sky down from 7900m)
1996 - Central Summit of Shishapangma (skied down from 7400m)
1996 - Mt. Everest (skied down from the summit)
1998 - Kangchenjunga (skied down from 7600m)
1999 - K2 (returned 8450m)
2000 - K2 (returned 8000m)
2001 - K2 summit !
has two more to join his friend Messner on the 8000
(has central but not Main) and Manaslu.