Hi all! It looks like this room is contagious! @Wills has been sick, and @Liam. Everybody feel better please! @WedaPashi-it looks like you get up at 4:30 am utc. Is that what time zone you are? Yikes! @Aravona Hi to you too! Can one of you answer something for me-not urgent?
I'm planning a trip to a nearby wildlife refuge this weekend. I have some questions about the terrain. I know Olin Lathrop's been there, because he mentioned it in one of my questions. If I ask it and he's around, I'm pretty sure he'll help, but would it be off topic as too local? Should I instead leave a comment on that answer & see if he'll meet me in here? I'll leave it up to you! I hope you're all sleeping well :))))
@Sue: Hi there :) I am from India, thats GMT+5.30. (12.45 right now here in Pune, 00.16 in LA, 2.16 in Houston, TX, 3.16 in New York) :)
@Sue: I think, as long as your question is about the terrain, there is no harm for it being local and specific to a place/region, rather we would love to have that posted. Go for it without a doubt. And, if/when Olin is around and answers, may be then you can add a comment to his answer/comment about planning up a meet.
I have far less experience in trekking where there is snow. I believe walking through snow and through Ice are two different techniques.
Is there some sort of safe technique to walk on such snow with nearly 30o slope and winds?
I wonder if I would be able to take the same route that I open during...
A comment there. "I don't mean any offense by this but: if you are really planning mountaineering at 20'000+ ft. altitude on snow-covered slopes you should probably not be asking about it here, but make sure to get proper training and an experienced guide. This is serious stuff, people die trying far, far easier things."
I replied, "Hi, surely not offended. And, probably will see to it. I'll be leaving for an expedition this weekend, attempting a 7000 m peak in Himalayas. Lets see if I at all get to login here again :D"
I have climbed several pinnacles and a few walls in past 3 months, with the team. Ekdant: 6100 m where I and other 2 will be going first is an easier climb. That should get us going with the Snow and a bit of Ice climbing.
I had climbed 2/3rd of Ekdant 4 years ago. Weather turned bad, so I turned back.
The guys who are serious bidders for Satopanth (7000m) are in and around Himalayas for last 2 months or so, they are professional climbers and adventure people. They usually train the Indian Army climbing unit when they are not climbing mountains.
Ekdant, I am sure I can summit this time around. Chamsher Kangri is a bit difficult, but I don't have much a technical role to play there, I am just gonna do what those guys ask me to do. Satopanth, I am not for summit team, no way. I'll be helping them with hauling the equipment there till the highest base camp.
The team doctor, a climber himself is very keen since a month of what we do and how are we doing.
Of course it will be, I am going for that reason only. I really don't think about summit. I just want to go, admire the mountain, climb as high as I can and what is good for the team, and get down safe, ensuring others are too.
I didn't do well with the twin front when I had been to a course for ice climbing, so I chose to go with the mono front thing. I have used mono front for a day or two during the course which was like 3 years ago.
They are popularly used here in Himalayas by indian climbers for mixed climbing thing.