Czech Shisha summit "Our worst climb ever"|
Oct 10, 2004 12: 23 EST
Yesterday, October 9, at 11:30AM local time in Tibet all four members of the Czech High Point expedition summited Shisha Pangma along the British Route climbing in alpine style. They are the first Czechs to summit the mountain.
16, 8000ers between them
Currently on their descent, Jana, their webmaster spoke to them over sat phone: "They said it was probably the worst climb they have done. That said, I should note that, they have summited 16, 8000ers between them, including Kangchenjunga in horrible weather, and all but Martin were on the Shoulder of K2, all without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters..."
"And yet the said that this last climb was exceptionally difficult."
So who are these guys? Here's a brief bio, provided by their home team:
Radek Jaros, born in 1964.
In 1998, he was the second Czech to summit Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters. In 2002 he was part of a small 3 climbers expedition to Kangchenjunga and summited it successfully. As a member of another 3 man expeditions, he summited Broad Peak in 2003 and Cho Oyu in 2004. In 2001, he reached the Shoulder on K2 via the Cesen pillar. All Radek's climbs were without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters.
Zdenek Hruby, born in 1956.
Expedition member of many expeditions to 8000ers, leader of expeditions to Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga and Shisha Pangma. He has summited Gasherbrum I and II (double), Cho Oyu, and Lhotse. As a leader of the following expeditions, he reached 8700m on Everest in 1998, the Shoulder on K2 via the Cesen pillar in 2001 and 8000m on Kangchenjunga in 2002. All Zdenek's climbs were without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters.
Martin Minarik, born 1967.
In 2002 he became the first native Czech to summit Kangchenjunga as part of a small expedition, in 1999 he summited Manaslu and in 2003, as part of another 3-man expedition, he reached Broad Peak. In 1998, Martin made the first solo travers of Mt. Logan. Martin has always climbed without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters.
In 2001, he reached the Shoulder on K2 via the Cesen pillar, and later, as amember of a 3-man expedition, he summited Broad Peak. Petr has made difficult climbs in Tan Shan and made many difficult winter climbs e.g. in Grandes Jorases and on Mount Blanc.