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 K2 2001: Qgir - K2 Himalaya 8000 expedition 2001 

Qgir - K2 Himalaya 8000 expedition 2001

The Czech Expedition: HIMALAYA 8000 K2 (8612 meters) & Broad Peak (8047 meters) Updates are here.

Their Interview with Hans Kammerlander (before his Summit) at the BC the of Czech expedition

Questions: You are already on your third time under K2...

Hans 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.

Questions: What day are you planning to attack the summit?

Hans 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. )

Questions: When did you start to smoke?

Hans 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.

Questions: Do you have a life besides expeditions?

Hans 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...

Questions: Is it because of the money in teaching or being guide?

Hans Kammerlander: It is a business a bit of course, but the most important part is to be in the mountains. It is a hobby actually.

Questions: What do you with your free time?

Hans Kammerlander: If I am not with expedition, then I'm teaching perhaps...

Questions: I meant when you do have free time, how do you relax?

Hans 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!)

Questions: That demands a lot of work?

Hans 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.

Questions: Are you rich?

(Hans is lighting another cigarette and thinks for a second.)

Hans 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 imagine before.

Questions: Do you just lie on the beach sun tanning?

Hans Kammerlander: Not that. I water ski a lot and I even tried scuba diving.

Questions: So from K2 you ill go directly to the ocean?

Hans 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.

Questions: So after that the ocean and antique cars?

Hans Kammerlander: No. Then I lead a trek to Island Peak in Nepal. For about 8 to 12 people.

This record: Hans Kammerlander
Successful climbs on high mountains
1983 - Cho-Oyu (with Messner)
1984 - Gasherbrum 1 + Gasherbrum 2 (traverse with Messner)
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 !

Hans has two more to join his friend Messner on the 8000 meter list: Shishapangma (has central but not Main) and Manaslu.

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