Baruntse: Night #8 in Frozen Hell

Alpine style
Marek Holecek and Raroslav Groh still have to draw on their stoicism and patience. Snow and wind at their 7,000m bivouac have worsened since yesterday.
This marks their eighth night on Baruntse. “We survived another hellish night under heavy snowfall,” Holecek reported over the almost-drained satellite phone. “We had to constantly dig the tent out of the snow.”
And yet they are alive and still strong enough to attempt to downclimb tomorrow if the weather improves as forecast.
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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Benny Smith
Benny Smith
3 months ago

Stay strong! if anyone can do it – it’s you guys!

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Dr Ganesh Chavan
Dr Ganesh Chavan
3 months ago

They will be fine.weather will improve on Saturday for them to make a safe descent.Marek has survived hellish bivouacs on gasherbrum 1 too.he is a master at survival.

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Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes
3 months ago

I think the snows have eaten many a master of survival… but I hope you are right.

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Trish
Trish
3 months ago

Thank you Angela for keeping us updated on these guys!!!

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OldHikerDude
OldHikerDude
3 months ago

I know these guys are experienced pros, but I will breathe a huge sigh of relief once they get safely down. Your updates are greatly appreciated.

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Tereza
Tereza
3 months ago

They’re coming down! (see Marek’s facebook)

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Adrian
Adrian
3 months ago
Reply to  Tereza

They’ll make it down. Marek is a master and has been in similar situations multiple times – almost 5 times on Gasherbrum 1 and most recently on Chamlang!

Meanwhile the clowns (Sherpas not included) on Everest couldn’t tie their own shoelaces even if their life depended on it.

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