The Annapurna is known for bad weather, avalanches and a death rate of about 33%. What the hell I’m doing there?
Right the answer is easy: Of course I’m climbing it solo without supplementary oxygen. What else would I do? It’s one of the rarest climbed 8000m peaks and therefore still a real adventure. Here you’re far away from civilization in a basecamp that is not even approached by sherpas without a helicopter. After being on Everest with all the masses while climbing Lhotse 8516m I felt that it wasn’t real mountaineering. Walking over a ladder installed by sherpas is not a real solo. Even though I was climbing there without oxygen and sherpa support (didn’t summit because of the earthquake) it just wasn’t pure enough to me. For me true mountaineering is as minimalistic as possible with as least gear as possible and as remote as possible.
After installing my camps on my own - which meant to place gear in different sections on the mountain I had to wait for the perfect summit weather. The weeks passed and the weather window moved, so there is nothing better than sitting in basecamp playing some chess. I’m totally relaxed it’s already cool enough to be here, if the weather won’t give me a chance I’m happy to return- the summit is a bonus.