Jost Kobusch: Back in BC, Injured but not Defeated

Winter calm at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Jost Kobusch

“There were only rope shreds left of what was once my established route,” Jost Kobusch wrote earlier today, back in Everest Base Camp. Restless after days waiting out the weather, yesterday he struck off in the darkness, despite high winds.

Ice particles swirled in the air. Conditions were so bad that he was glad that the storm had destroyed his route-fixing and that he had to descend again. “Yesterday morning,” he revealed, “I woke up with pain in my left foot. All the adrenaline must have covered the pain. However, if I had climbed to Camp 1, I might not have been able to descend again.”

For the last day and a half, he has accepted forced idleness, tending to his foot by immobilizing it and bathing it in warm water.

“I already have a solution to the collapsed route, and when my foot has recovered, I’ll try to push again to 7000m,” he insists.

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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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Didi Tanic

Lieber Just,

bitte kehre um !

Eine Aufgabe aus Gründen der Vernunft wird sehr viel mehr anerkannt werden als die Fortsetzung dieses wahnwitzigen Unterfangens, das höchstwahrscheinlich tragisch enden würde…

Alles Gute

Didi Tanic

Eine vernünftige und bewundernswerte Entscheidung…