Vinson Massif - tomorrow will go to the top!

Message from the participants of the expedition 7 Summits Club on the highest point in Antarctica - Vinson Massif: December 21 23:40 GMT Once again, hello! Group successfully "returned" to the Camp 3. The next day we planned assault on the ... read more

Message from the participants of the expedition 7 Summits Club on the highest point in Antarctica - Vinson Massif:

December 21 23:40 GMT Once again, hello! Group successfully "returned" to the Camp 3. The next day we planned assault on the highest point of Antarctica.

Forecast assumes clouds and a slight increase in wind. But, for now, guys do not care. They say that it in acceptable limits.

We wish them - good luck!!!

Vinson Massif 2009. We got to the third camp.

News from January 20. 23:50 GMT guys went to the Camp 3, left there part of the food, tent and equipment. Tomorrow without luggage they will back to the camp 3. Today transition to the third camp is part of the acclimatization. The weather ... read more

News from January 20.

23:50 GMT guys went to the Camp 3, left there part of the food, tent and equipment. Tomorrow without luggage they will back to the camp 3. Today transition to the third camp is part of the acclimatization. The weather is still great, which may allow to think that the ascent to the summit of December 23-24



To the third camp

Vinson Massif - the weather and good luck with us!

Continues 7 Summits Club expedition to Vinson Massif. Now all members of the expedition are in the second camp (2900 m). 00:03 GMT Message from the climbers. We walked from 3 PM "local" time. Now we establishing Camps 2  and tomorrow ... read more

Continues 7 Summits Club expedition to Vinson Massif. Now all members of the expedition are in the second camp (2900 m).

00:03 GMT Message from the climbers. We walked from 3 PM "local" time. Now we establishing Camps 2  and tomorrow we are going to drop off goods in the camp 3. The weather so good that adjusts to the idea that we should go on and on until the weather is accompanied, until luck with us.

News from Massif Vinson expedition.

At Patriot Hills met the second group of Seven Summits Club Antarctica expedition. Their goal is climbing the highest point in Antarctica - Vinson Massif (4 897 m). Group is international. Here are our climbers: Victor Bobok - guide - ... read more

At Patriot Hills met the second group of Seven Summits Club Antarctica expedition. Their goal is climbing the highest point in Antarctica - Vinson Massif (4 897 m).
Group is international.
Here are our climbers:
Victor Bobok - guide - Russia
Igor Grishkov - Russia
Andrew Filkov - Russia
Noel Hanna - Ireland
Patrick Singh - Canada
 Patrick and Noel are well known in our club on the ascent of Everest in an expedition 7 Summits Club Everest 2009.  That's where they got the idea not just to climb the highest point of Antarctica, but set a world record, after ascent having passed  on skis along the ocean more than 300 kilometers.
Now all members of the expedition arrived at the base camp of Vinson Massif where they will acclimatise.
We wish all participants good luck, good weather and the benevolence of the mountains and the icy continent.


News for 18 December.
 
Weather was excellent, warm like in Moscow, the guys acclimatized to the Base Camp and preparing the next day to move to the camp N 2.

Beginning of Aconcagua season: one American is lost

Season on Aconcagua  started on 15th of  November and will run until March, 15. Last month about 700 people visited the area to climb the highest peak of South America, but few have reached the top. It is normal situation for this ... read more

Season on Aconcagua  started on 15th of  November and will run until March, 15. Last month about 700 people visited the area to climb the highest peak of South America, but few have reached the top. It is normal situation for this difficult period,  weather has not been established, strong winds hampered the climbers. One of the climbers died. According  not  confirmed information, this is an American 39 years old, Thai origin, named Michel Nimitsil. Three times he tried to climb the peak alone, and after he succeeded, was lost in the fog, and died, apparently of hypothermia in the upper part "of the Polish route. More than a week his body remained on the mountain, now seems to have descended.

 

 At this point in Mendoza was visited  by the U.S. Consul. He wondered what kind of control system is here, where nobody knows who goes where and where the documents. While everybody pay good money for permit. Americans make up a large portion of  region visitors  and Consul intends to monitor how their rights are respected. Local leaders were forced to justify that, they say, come from  liberal considerations: pay and be free. This season the number of employees of the National Park has increased significantly, and the work they have many. 16 times per month there were evacuation resque works, usually by helicopter.

7 Summits Club team reached the South Pole!!!

December, 14. 7 Summits Club team reached the South Pole. We had a call by satphone from our team. They were very tired, but totally happy. We are already celebrating the victory and congratulate all of you who organized the project and ... read more

December, 14. 7 Summits Club team reached the South Pole.

We had a call by satphone from our team. They were very tired, but totally happy.


We are already celebrating the victory and congratulate all of you who organized the project and gave the boys a chance to reach the Pole!

 

 

During the trip participants had skiing more than 100 kilometers. At the South Pole, they visited the American station. The next day the group flew to Patriot Hills.

 

We heartily congratulate the 7 Summits Club team with the successful completion of the expedition to the South Pole.

 

Victor Bobok - guide and expedition leader now is waiting in t the second group of 7 Summits Club in Antarctika, which will depart on the ascent of Vinson Massif.

International Mountain Day – Save the Hymalayas in Copenhagen

Happy International Mountain Day!   Save the Himalayas The program will be organized as an accompanying event of the fifteenth conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to celebrate the International ... read more

Happy International Mountain Day!

 

Save the Himalayas

The program will be organized as an accompanying event of the fifteenth conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to celebrate the International Mountain Day on December 11, 2009. Mountaineering icons, marching in summit gears on the streets of Copenhagen, will be joined by many mountain lovers in issuing a declaration to save the Himalayas from the impacts of climate change.

 After holding a historic cabinet meeting at a Mount Everest base camp last week, Nepal is all set to organize a march by Everest summiteers at Copenhagen on December 11.

 The hour-long march comprising mountaineers who have scaled the world’s tallest peak will coincide with International Mountain Day and highlight the threat posed to Himalayas by climate change.

 “The march to be held on the sidelines of the Copenhagen meet will have mountaineers marching in full mountaineering gear to attract global attention to the issue,” said Deepak Bohara, Nepal’s minister for forest and soil conservation.

 On Monday, a 57-member Nepalese delegation led by Bohara left for Copenhagen. Several other ministers including Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala will leave soon to take part in the march.

 The Nepalese team which comprises of 32 Mt Everest summiteers includes Apa Sherpa, who has climbed the peak a record 19 times, Min Bahadur Sherchan (77), the oldest climber and Nimduma Sherpa, the youngest woman summiteers.

 Several Mt Everest summiteers from across the globe including Austrian Peter Habbler, who climbed the peak without oxygen cyclinder, Canadian Byron Smiths and the Mayor of Prague Pavel Bem are also expected to take part in the march.

 

http://www.savehimalayas.org/index.php

 

DECLARATION 

The Summiteers’ Summit to Save the Himalayas Copenhagen, 11 December 2009

 The majestic Himalayas, whose enthralling beauty have inspired awe and religious devotion in people around the world for millennia, continue to challenge the human spirit and contribute to the human experience. The Himalayas are the ‘water towers’ of Asia, feeding its largest rivers and nourishing hundreds of millions of people downstream. The Himalayas play an important role in global atmospheric circulation and are a sanctuary for unique biodiversity. The lofty peaks and mighty rivers have inspired civilizations and supported a mosaic of cultural diversity. The Himalayas, in essence, are a global treasure.

 But the perils of climate change are threatening this treasure. Temperatures are rising rapidly at higher altitudes – several times higher than the global average. Glaciers are melting – changing landscapes and creating dangerous glacial lakes held back only by natural dams of rubble and ice. The ensuing changes threaten unique ecosystems and the lives of millions of people living in the mountains and downstream who eke out their livelihoods from diverse mountain resources. The menace of climate change on the Himalayas will manifest far and wide in the form of drought, flood and sea level rise. As the seas rise, there is no refuge from climate change even at the highest altitudes.

 We, the undersigned, confirm the vital importance of the Himalayas and recognize the risks posed by climate change; we call upon the world community:

 • To focus attention to the challenges of climate change in the Himalayas and downstream.

• To value their unique contribution to human adventure, global ecology, and regional river systems;

• To safeguard Himalayan ecosystems which provide essential services to millions of people living in the mountains and on the plains.

• To enable mountain peoples to meet the unfolding challenges of climate change.

• To save the Himalayas for the current generation and for generations to come.

  

The highest ever Cabinet meeting

After passing initial health check-up in Syangboche, twenty-four Cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, have reached Kalapatthar plateau near Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 17,192 feet (5,242 meters) at 9:20 a.m on Friday morning to hold the historic Cabinet meeting set in the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

 The Cabinet meeting will be held for around 30 minutes to draw global attention to the threat of climate change in the Himalayas. It is set to declare Banke National Park as new national park and Api-Nampa and Gauri-Shankar as conservation areas.

 A rescue team led by Usha Gurung along with six doctors and a team of mountaineers are accompanying the ministerial team for this historic event.

 The government will make public the decision of the Cabinet at a press meet after arriving in Syangboche (3,780 m) later.

 Speaking to media-persons before the ministerial team was air-lifted to Kalapathhar, Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Dipak Bohora said that the Government of Nepal is holding the Cabinet meeting to draw the attention of the world to the threats of climate change in the Himalayas and the people living in the region.

 The Cabinet is set to endorse the agenda prepared for the UN climate change summit to be held in Copenhagen.

 State-owned Nepal Television is broadcasting the special event live from Kalapatthar.

 Twenty four Cabinet ministers, including PM Nepal, had reached Lukla Airport in Solukhumbu district on Thursday to take part in the historic meeting. However, four ministers missed the meeting.

A large number of national and foreign journalists, health and technical teams had reached Syangboche on Thursday to cover the rare media event.

 The high-altitude Cabinet meeting has attracted international attention, especially as it comes on the eve of the Copenhagen summit. nepalnews.com