Jost Kobusch: No Everest This Winter

Jost Kobusch has been quiet lately on social media. The German climber soloed Chulu West three weeks ago, but then he caught dengue, a potentially serious illness that has struck down a lot of climbers in Nepal this mosquito-y fall.

ExplorersWeb spoke to Kobusch today, just as he arrived back in Chamonix.

“I am doing better, but I am still far from fully recovered,” he said. “I have been really low energy these last days.”

Kobusch admits that the illness has been both physically and mentally hard. “I want to train, I want to do things but…my body is still too weak,” he admitted.

Winter plans

With his long-term plan to solo Everest West Ridge in winter, we expected that he would again be spending the winter in Nepal, as he has the last two years. But that wasn’t his idea, even before he contracted dengue.

“I am still engaged in my Everest project, but my next winter goal is Alaska,” he said. “It is also part of the Everest training because Alaska temperatures are so much more brutal.”

Kobusch hopes that he will recover soon enough to make Alaska happen.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She 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 local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.