Single file up the highest mountain in the world!
This season (ending soon) 408 foreign summiteers got a permit to climb Mount Everest. And from year to year it looks more like the ascent to 8,848 meters in the Himalayas has become a popular sport. Despite temperatures of up to minus 50 degrees Celsius, despite wind speeds that can reach 80 meters per second.
Is climbing the summit still something special? Or are you now being pulled up the mountain with a lot of help from Sherpas?
BILD reached out to extreme athlete Anja Karen Blacha (30). The Bielefeld woman was the youngest German woman to climb Mount Everest in 2017 – and she was also now in the “single file”.
BILD: How much strength do you really need to reach the top of the mountain, Ms. Blacha?
Anja Blacha: “It all depends on the style in which and with how much support you climb the mountain. At what level do I use bottled oxygen? How much bottled oxygen do I use (total volume and flow rate in liters / minute)? Do I use the support of Sherpas, and if so, from how many Sherpas? Do I set up my high camps on the mountain myself or do I have Sherpas set them up? Do I walk along fixed ropes and on the normal route or do I climb the mountain in alpine style on a different route? Do I use helicopter support to get up and down the high camp?
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Anja Karen Blacha made it and climbed Mount Everest for the second time in her lifeFoto: Anja Karen Blacha
And it also depends on what the conditions are, which can vary greatly within a season, as well as between the years. What about snow, wind, air pressure, temperature, etc.? How have the route conditions been changed by other mountaineers? For example, have there been tracks in deep snow? How am I doing myself healthily? With Covid, the question has certainly taken on a new meaning again this year. “
Okay, so there are a lot of factors that will affect advancement. But can you practically let yourself be pulled up, as it already looks in the photo?
Anja Blacha: “On the one hand – yes. This year, for example, the Khumbu Icefall, which separates the base camp from the high camps, was relatively long and challenging to traverse and some mountaineers decided to fly up or down between base camp and camp 2 with a helicopter. This of course saves a lot of strength, but it also means that officially it no longer counts as a complete mountain climb. That is ‘pulling up’ in the most drastic measure.
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A photo by Anja Blacha. Such sights are the reward for climbing the mountainFoto: Anja Karen Blacha