Holecek, Groh Out of Danger on Baruntse!

Alpine style Climbing
Baruntse.

With the good weather, things have happened with lightning speed on Baruntse, and it’s all good news.

“Today we descended 1,100m in terrible avalanche snow,” reported Marek Holecek, whose satphone still had enough juice to convey the latest. “We are into good terrain now.”

As early as tomorrow, they expect to fly by helicopter to Lukla and from there to Kathmandu. “Our friends have probably taken everything from Base Camp, including food,” Holecek added. “Another frozen night ahead of us.”

It is unclear whether everyone else has already left Base Camp, but their support team did add this report:

“Tomorrow at five o’clock the helicopter will leave from Lukla and pick up the guys. They are exhausted but alive. Because of the amount of snowfall, it is not possible to leave Base Camp in the usual way. All expeditions in this area are canceled due to the large amount of snow that fell in a short time.”

UPDATE: This morning, May 30, Holecek and Groh were airlifted from Base Camp to Kathmandu.

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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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Tara
Tara
14 days ago

Bravo!

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MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
14 days ago

Bravi, Bravi, Bravi, and thank heavens for this good news. This is THE STORY of the season in Nepal, nothing else compares. Who cares about the tourists partying on Everest?

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Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
13 days ago
Reply to  MuddyBoots

I care. I think they made a very bad, unethical decision to go to Everest this year, but I still care about their safety.

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MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
13 days ago
Reply to  Lenore Jones

I meant who cares about their instagram, their blogs, their blah blah blah updates. Their claims to be the first blah blah blah to summit Everest this year.
That line about “who cares” was preceded by calling Holecek & Groh “THE STORY” of the season, so it was specifically about attention, deserved in one case and undeserved in most others. Not about safety.

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Adrian
Adrian
14 days ago

Great news! Thanks, Jerry and Angela! I’ve been following Marek on FB and glad to see that they’re out of danger. Marek is truly a master of survival. These are the climbs that inspire other alpinists. Get home safe, Marek, Groh & team!

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Benny Smith
Benny Smith
13 days ago

Holy cow, that’s one for the history books. I am eager to hear the first hand account of that epic climb.

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