To be alone on the mountain - that is adventure
I’m pressing more and more desperately on my lighters, but they just won’t light the flame of my cooker. It’s a shitty feeling to learn physics the hard way. As it turns out later the piezoelectric ZÜNDUNG doesn’t work above 4800m. Unfortunately my 5 lighters are all equipped with this mechanism, only my Zippo has a FEUERSTEIN to FUNKENERZEUGUNG but is seems like there is a thin layer of fuel on it. It’s a hopeless situation that doesn’t shake me at first. I start to meld snow with my body heat in my sleeping bag and only as this plan turns out not to be very efficient (nor comfortable) I realize that it won’t be enough to reach the summit. Before the upcoming storm reaches a hurricane level I crawl completely dehydrated up to the 6000m summit of peak Razdelnaya.
Winter conditions in advanced basecamp.