After a great week in the UK, have arrived back in Nepal and head off to the hills tomorrow to attempt the 4th and 5th highest mountains in the world - a double which will take approx. 2 months.
Whilst everyone knows the highest (Everest) and the majority the second (K2), few outside of the adventure world have even heard of the 3rd, 4th, 5th or beyond, all of which (down to approx. 150th) are located in the greater Himalayas. Unknown they may be but there is nothing easy in climbing any of the 14 x 8000’ers, let alone two of them back to back. Makalu (8463m) and Lhotse (8516m) are both huge mountains, steep, technical and with inherent risks and summit success is far from guaranteed.
Any thoughts of complacency therefore – perhaps natural after the three years of total focus, anxiety, tragedy and ultimately triumph on the notorious K2 – I have strived to consign to the waste bin. Indeed, with a couple of niggling injuries this year, I actually have some degree of caution.
For those interested, will be blogging and posting pictures and videos on FB every few days and weekly on website www.adrianhayes.com. All being well, after trekking to Makalu Base Camp and spending 3-4 weeks fixing the mountain, setting camps and acclimatizing, our Makalu team should be ready for a summit push from mid-May. If that is successful, and I’m up for it, I’ll attempt Lhotse with a Lhotse team at the end of May.
As always, feel a bit wretched leaving loved ones behind, but looking forward to venturing into the wilderness once more and getting into the necessary ‘zone’.
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