SUCCESS FOR BRITISH
MOUNTAINEER ALAN HINKES ON DHAULAGIRI
- 13 DOWN AND ONE TO GO AS
THE HISTORY BOOKS BECKON
Britain’s leading extreme
altitude mountaineer Alan Hinkes has successfully climbed Dhaulagiri, the
world’s seventh highest peak. He has now reached the top of 13 of the 14
mountains that reach higher than 8,000m and is very close to completing
“Challenge 8000”, his quest to be the first Briton to climb them all.
Alan, a leading member of the
Berghaus team of climbers, reached the top of Dhaulagiri at noon on 17th May
2004, in exceptionally tough conditions. Accompanying him to the summit was
his Nepalese friend and climbing partner Pasang Gelu. As ever, on reaching
the top of the mountain Alan took out a photo of his daughter Fiona and had
his summit photos taken. He and Pasang then started their descent, often the
most dangerous part of an expedition.
After a very difficult
descent, Alan and Pasang finally reached base camp on the afternoon of 19th
May 2004 Himalayan time. There the expedition cooks rustled up plates of egg
and chips, chapatis and some hot, milky tea.
Speaking to Berghaus direct
from base camp Alan takes up the story: “The descent was incredibly scary,
because the weather was becoming milder. Snow was melting and there was a lot
of rock fall, which reminded me of my time on Nanga Parbat.
“A Slovenian expedition who
reached the top a couple of days before me had climbed up virtually in their
shirt sleeves. However, by the time I reached the summit on the 17th it was
starting to cloud over. My first bivouac on descending was at 7,400m and it
almost took off in the wind. On my way down I spent each night without a
sleeping bag, managing in just my insulated clothing in a bivi.
“This has been a really tough
expedition and a great effort from all of my team out here. I’ve successfully
made it to the summit of Dhaulagiri and returned safely, which is always my
main aim. All that stands in my way of climbing all 14 8000m peaks is
Kangchenjunga and my focus over the next year will of course be on this final
Challenge 8000 summit. For now though I want to get home, see Fiona and have a
well earned rest!”
Alan has been experiencing
generator problems since the start of his expedition and has been unable to
contact the UK since leaving Kathmandu. However, thanks to the kindness of an
Argentinean team who have allowed him to use their generator Alan managed to
charge his phone battery and let Fiona and the team at Berghaus know the good
Dhaulagiri is notorious for claiming the lives of the great British
mountaineer Ginette Harrison and French mountaineer Chantelle Maudit, both
highly experienced, and each with seven of the 14 8000’ers under their belts.
Some of EverestNews.com
past coverage of Alan is below...
Alan Hinkes Annapurna 2002
Kangchenjunga 2003 Alan Hinkes
Hinkes Spring Makalu 99
Alan Hinkes Q&A
Kangchenjunga 2000 Alan Hinkes
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
See more here.