Marc Batard : I decided not to take on the huge risks of climbing the route chosen this year. Between Camp 2 at 5700m and Camp 3 at 6700m, you have to climb a mid-section that is several hundred metres long with seracs looming over you and a constant risk of icefall. After leaving the ice shelter we dug at Camp 2, Pasang and I set off with the idea of meeting up with Bertrand Delapierre and Yorick Vion who were already at Camp 3, so we could climb the summit together. I was prepared to take the risk, but at 10 am I decided that taking this route was going to be too dangerous. When I told Pasang, my rope partner, that we were going to turn back, he was so relieved he started crying.
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