Second Team to try Everest-Lhotse Traverse


Earlier in the week, ExWeb reported that Tenji Sherpa would attempt the Everest-Lhotse traverse. The expedition is dedicated to the memory of Tenji’s late climbing partner, Ueli Steck.

We now have news of a second team tackling the traverse, via the west ridge, consisting of 41-year-old Romanian Horia Colibasanu and 53-year-old Slovak Peter Hamor. The pair intend to climb without bottled oxygen.

Both Colibasanu and Hamor are experienced on eight-thousanders. Colibasanu has eight to his name, including Everest via the north side in 2017. Hamor completed all fourteen by summiting Dhaulagiri last year.

Hamor (left) and Colibasanu on the way to Everest Base Camp

Latest updates from Colibasanu state that the team is getting ready to ascend to Camp 2 (6400 m):

We are on schedule with the planning and we’ve had good weather. We are feeling well at this acclimatizing stage and are getting ready to climb higher, in order to equip Camp 2. Then we’ll be returning to rest at Base Camp,” said Colibasanu.

Following a rest period, the duo will climb up to around 7,000 meters, where they will set up an advanced base camp and turn Camp 2 into the new base camp.

We are in really good shape. So far we’ve had no incidents … At this time, what’s important for us is to complete the acclimatizing stage, to rest and eat sufficiently, in order to stay optimally fit. As usual, we are constantly keeping an eye on the weather.

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.


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