Last week we dropped our basecamp at Col du Midi, at an altitude of 3600m. Great for acclimatizing and preparing for our expedition! Due to new regulations we had to break down our tent every morning. Good training though! We climbed some steep ice, ridges and on the last day ventured up Mont Blanc (4808m). Exhausting but what a view, beautiful! For both of us a new altitude record. We can’t wait to climb Lenin Peak!
This morning we left Groningen early, because we are off to climb in Chamonix! We’ll be there for a week, climbing some north faces and maybe even the Mont Blanc, to give our bodies a little taste for high altitude before Kyrgyzstan… With better conditions and sunny weather than a few weeks ago, we are eager to climb again, so, check us out in a week for some pictures!
This august we are going to a place we have never gone before. A place that might span our dreams and nightmares. We will be climbing Lenin Peak, a 7134 meter mountain in the Pamir ranges in Kyrgyzstan. But before we get there, we need your help. We need some money…
Training for an extreme-altitude expedition while living in the Netherlands, how do you do it? To prepare for a climb like ours a good training program should include high-altitude endurance activities. However, as local altitude is around 0,0m we have to stick with long distance running, cycling and overall (aerobic)strength training. Read More
Here is a short video showing some of the peaks we have climbed since we first went up the mountains together. Although not so long ago, looking back at those first shots it does seem like it!
At the end of our journey, we look back at where we came from.. I (Rim) gave Thijmen this photo as a little motivational heads-up last week, because we were in Chamonix but had bad weather, so had to head back home. This picture was taken more than two years ago on the top of the Alphubel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphubel)