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RECORD BREAKING MOUNTAINEER ALAN HINKES
ANNOUNCES HIS NEXT EXPEDITION
Following his record breaking summit of Annapurna
in May last year British mountaineer Alan Hinkes
has announced that his next “Challenge 8000”
expedition will be to climb Kangchenjunga (8586m).
Alan will be flying out to the Himalaya at the end
of March and hopes to reach the summit during May.
Hinkes is the UK’s most successful extreme high
altitude mountaineer and is the first Briton to have
climbed 12 of the 14 8,000m peaks, including many of
the world’s most famous and dangerous mountains such
as Everest and K2. “Challenge 8000” is Alan’s quest to
climb all 14 of the 8000m peaks.
2002 saw Alan successfully summit Annapurna by a new route and record the
first British ascent for over 30 years. Having managed this in a record 5 days
after leaving base camp this leaves him only 2 of the 8000 meter peaks to
summit, Kangchenjunga and Dhaulagiri. All of these mountains are in the “Death
Zone”, an unforgiving environment where the human body rapidly deteriorates
and no one can survive for more than a few days.
Alan had to previously abandon an attempt on Kangchenjunga in May 2000
following bad weather conditions; while on his descent a snow bridge collapsed
across a crevasse and he fell into it, breaking his arm. Kangchenjunga is the
third highest peak in the world and having encountered the giant before Alan
knows, like its fellow 8000ers it is a very dangerous mountain and one for
which he has to prepare meticulously.
Alan comments: "Each mountain I climb offers its own challenges.
Kangchenjunga lies at the eastern extreme of the Himalaya and is exposed to
exceptionally bad weather conditions as the monsoon period moves in. The
terrain is very difficult and even the 14 day trek into base camp will be
harder than most, and once on the mountain there is a very serious danger of
avalanche and rockfall. As I have always said I climb to live, not to die -
the summit is always optional but returning is mandatory.”
In 1997, Alan hit 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 ten days before struggling down lower to
rescue. He recovered and went back to summit Nanga Parbat later the same
year. Alan Hinkes is sponsored in part by Berghaus since the early 1980s.