At the age of 30, the French high-level mountaineer Benjamin Védrines has barely had a handful of experiences in the Himalayas. However, after his dazzling ascent of Broad Peak (8,051 m) on 19 July, he decided to attempt the record-breaking speed ascent of the neighbouring K2, 560 metres higher, via the classic Abruzzi spur. But from an altitude of 8300 metres, symptoms of cerebral oedema appeared and the himalayist ended up giving up around 8400, 8500 metres.
Benjamin Védrines welcomed us to his home in Le Monêtier and told us about this expedition which left a deep impression on him. The man is not made of sugar, and if he recounts difficult facts, he gave himself up, not without humour sometimes.
Suffering on K2 for Benjamin Védrines on 28 July ©Benjamin Védrines
I SUFFERED, AT FIRST GLANCE, FROM A CEREBRAL OEDEMA.BENJAMIN VÉDRINES.
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