Baruntse: Night #8 in Frozen Hell

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.

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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Benny Smith
Benny Smith
1 year ago

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

Dr Ganesh Chavan
Dr Ganesh Chavan
1 year 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.

Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes
1 year ago

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

Trish
Trish
1 year ago

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

OldHikerDude
OldHikerDude
1 year 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.

Tereza
Tereza
1 year ago

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

Adrian
Adrian
1 year 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.