British Mountaineer Alan Hinkes is Just a Step Away From Mountaineering History
Leading British mountaineer Alan Hinkes has just called in to Berghaus, his sponsors, headquarters from his record summit attempt on the 8000m Kangchenjunga mountain in Nepal.
Alan is in good spirits and following several days on
the mountain to set up camp 1 he has returned to base camp for a well
earned rest before making an attempt further up the mountain to set
up camp 2.
From camp 2 Alan hopes to be able to make a summit attempt. However conditions on the mountain are treacherous with a Swiss expedition already having two of its mountaineers helicoptered out with injuries.
Alan states: I am hoping there wont be a need for a third camp but with conditions already threatening the lives of those around me I need to make a sound judgement call when the time comes. As I have always stated no mountain is worth a life but with this being my final 8000er and having been to Kangchenjunga and failed twice already I have my sights set firm.
Alan is again climbing with his good friend Pasang with whom he summited his 13th 8000er, Dhaulagiri, in Spring last year. If successful he will be the first Briton to have climbed all of the worlds 8000m peaks and only the 12th person in the world to have stood where so many can only dream of standing.