Baruntse: Climbers Going Down

Alpine style Nepal
File image of Marek Holecek and Radoslav Groh.
Finally, after nine days and a full-on cyclone that has pounded Baruntse’s Northwest Face, the weather has turned for Marek Holecek and Radoslav Groh.

With the last of their satphone battery, the Czech climbers sent a brief but encouraging message to their friends in Base Camp: “Again, a crazy, frozen night with a hurricane, but in the morning there is sun and no wind! Let’s go down, let’s go down, let’s go down.”

After opening a new route on Baruntse’s Northwest Face in pure alpine style, Cyclone Yaas trapped the pair for days. Despite the hardship, they have not asked for rescue or lost their cool. While waiting for enough visibility to descend, they have endured the gale-force winds and 40cm of fresh snow every day.

It is good news, but far from the end of their struggle. Now, the pair have to find their way down from 7,000m, on a mountain dangerously overloaded with fresh snow. We’ll update as soon as we get news, but if their satellite phone is now out of power, we won’t hear from them until they are back in Base Camp.

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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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Elena
Elena
14 days ago

Thanks for the good news Angela!
Strength to the guys! ♡

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Blabla
Blabla
14 days ago

These guys are superhuman.
So many questions – water, gas, food, hypothermia, lack of activity, almost no communication, constant fear for your life – how do you survive that mentally and keep your spirit up?
That level of mentality is ridiculous.
Thank you for the constant updates.

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Alex
Alex
14 days ago
Reply to  Blabla

You can give Marek a call on this satellite phone and ask him.

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Blabla
Blabla
14 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Great, can you give me his number so I can send my best wishes and touch base with him?
You just can’t post a comment these days without triggering some weird response by someone who cant interpret what you meant and got offended for absolutely no reason, Alex.

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Alex
Alex
14 days ago
Reply to  Blabla

Come on, Blabla. It was all in good humor. I didn’t get offended at all, I promise. I just wanted to post some light hearted humor after reading so many comments which have been focused on the negativity of Mt.Everest and the “mountaineers” on it. Sorry if I came across as offensive but that was not my attention. Peace to you, friend.

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Benny Smith
Benny Smith
14 days ago

go go go! may no avalanche harm you! This will definitely be a climbing story to be remembered. And i hope it will be told by the brave mounaineers who have accomomplished this extraordinary climb.

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Alex
Alex
14 days ago

Nail biting stuff! Haven’t seen this much drama in mountaineering since Winter K2. The clowns on Everest do not count. Safe descent, gents! You got this.

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Alex
Alex
14 days ago

45mins till sunset. Hoping for good news!!!

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Don Paul
Don Paul
14 days ago
Reply to  Alex

A long time now with no news. It seems safe to assume their batteries died so they have no way to call for a rescue.

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