While Alex himself has yet to confirm the expedition, intelligence leaked out when his climbing partner – Ali Sadapara from Islamic Republic of Pakistan – posted farewell images to his Facebook page equally he said goodbye to friends in addition to family. Ali has been on several major wintertime expeditions over the past times few years, in addition to has top a national hero inwards his abode country. His divergence is big intelligence there, equally he sets out to climb the world’s highest acme inwards the coldest flavour of all.
The Castilian climber is expected to confirm the climb tomorrow, Dec 22, the starting fourth dimension total hateful solar daytime of wintertime inwards the Northern Hemisphere. As the article linked to a higher house indicates however, to a greater extent than or less of his sponsors possess got already stared hinting at the impending climb equally well.
Last year, Txikon made a valiant endeavour at a truthful wintertime rising without oxygen, but came upwards only a fiddling short. Only 1 climber has always been able to plow over the summit of Everest inwards wintertime without the purpose of bottled O’s. That was Ang Rita Sherpa, who accomplished that feat dorsum inwards 1987. I also state a “true” wintertime ascent, because many of the wintertime summits of Everest genuinely took house inwards the starting fourth dimension hateful solar daytime or 2 of the season, pregnant that teams acclimated inwards the fall, thus made a dash to the top when the calendar officially changed. In the illustration of Txikon, he is waiting until it is officially wintertime to genuinely start out the climb, pregnant all efforts volition accept house during the mutual frigidness in addition to harsh season.
Yesterday nosotros speculated that Txikon may travel joined past times Simone Moro in addition to Tamara Lunger on this expedition, but thus far at that spot is no indication that that volition happen. That announcement, if it is real, could come upwards tomorrow when the expedition is officially confirmed too. For now, we’ll only possess got to hold off to see.
We followed Alex’s endeavour on Everest all flavour long final winter, in addition to this twelvemonth volition travel no different. Stay tuned for regular updates on his progress.