Himalaya and Karakorum Winter Update: Makalu Team In Base Camp

The winter climbs in the Himalaya and Karakorum are continuing as best they can, despite the inclement weather and usual hardships that come along with being in the big mountains this time of year.

Explorer’s Web is reporting that Simone and Denis reached base camp on Makalu late last week. Previously we had heard that heavy snow had prevented the team from reaching BC because the porters refused to carry their supplies to the mountain, but money overcomes all obstacles, and a military helicopter was sent to shuttle up their gear, the two climbers, and four porters, who will assist them in setting up ABC as well. There is also word that the team’s sat phone is not working, but a new one would be arriving from Kathmandu this week, so no new updates are expected for a few more days.

Meanwhile, over on Broad Peak, the entire team sits and waits for a weather window to open. A window that may not come until Spring. So that begs the question, what do these guys do while they sit in base camp waiting for their chance at the summit? Funny you should ask, because the video below appeared on Don Bowie’s website to answer that question. Pretty funny stuff! 🙂

Basecamp Boredom 1.1 from Calpinist.com on Vimeo.

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