Everest winter solo
What could be more difficult than climbing the Everest in winter on my own? I couldn't think of anything but a K2 winter solo - hahaha which is damn hard but what scares me much more is the competitive atmosphere. Everyone wants to be the first to manage a winter climb of the only 8000 never climbed in winter before. My plan is not to reach the summit with all my might, but rather to see the expedition as an investment in the future. I want to get to know the microclimate, the route, the mountain - at this very time of year when I want to climb it. The summit is a nice bonus. And let's be honest - the chances are low. I'll just take a look at what's possible, have fun and if everything goes perfect, I'd of course want to try to tackle the summit. However, if that doesn't work, I'll turn around with a clear conscience and all this experience will help me to get a lot further on the next try. Either way - I can only win.
10.09.2019 I did a performance test with a breath gas analysis, exercise ECG and measuring the lactate levels in my blood. The treadmill could simulate a nice ascent, which was great. Usually, I take the measurements with an ergometer but this was even more realistic. Now I am on my way to Munich with the film crew. Tomorrow, we will meet David Göttler. I have already met him at the mountain when we started shooting in December. I think David is very likeable and I hope that he will give me some constructive criticism tomorrow.
11.09.2019 It was cool to have a chat. However, except for the fact that David doesn't believe I'll succeed, I have learned very little. He once again reminded me of the difficulties of the project, which I am already aware of (and are pretty substantial), but it never hurts to sharpen the focus again. What's cool is his breathing mask which ensures that the lungs don't dry out in the dry air. He told me that is was manufactured by "Airflow" so I will definitely order one of those. I am really looking forward to the project. I have already picked up my equipment from BlackYak and my down suit, which I co-designed and developed right from the start, got its finishing touches. During my training this winter in Alaska, I talked to polar explorer Lonnie Dupré and found out that he uses the fur of a wolverine on his tours. This coat has special hydrophobic properties that prevent the formation of ice on the face. The long hairs cause air turbulences and protect my face from the cutting wind. It was not easy to come by, but since I happened to be in the Arctic, I still got the opportunity to get one. However, when I wrote to Lonnie from the sailboat in August, I was pretty worried. It was going to cost me $600 there. Luckily, Lonnie made the decision a lot easier for me. All he wrote was: "$600 that will get you pretty high up on the Everest."