Winter 8,000m Update: It’s Over

Teams on all 8,000’ers have safely abandoned the mountains on the last day of the winter season. No one has reached a summit.

In a remarkable effort, Gelje Sherpa climbed all the way down to Base Camp after a valiant last push which ended near the East Ridge of Cho Oyu. Conditions were tough, and he reached Base Camp by midnight.

Other than this, there are no details from any climber in either team on the mountain.

Nor do we know much about the last summit push on K2. But Dolma Outdoor in Kathmandu has at least confirmed that everyone is safe (and apparently, on their way back to Skardu).

Jost Kobusch is also back in the Khumbu and off Everest. He had waited for two days in Camp 3 at 6,460m for a last-minute chance to beat his own altitude record on the West Ridge today. But conditions didn’t allow him to move any higher.

Jost Kobusch on a lonely, iced-up Everest West Ridge. Photo: @terragraphy

 

“At the last minute, the weather forecast predicted higher [wind] speeds, which would have made climbing too much of an unnecessary risk,” he wrote. “After all, the route remains technical. And believe me, it was definitely exciting enough to climb down the hard ice backward and in the dark at high wind speeds. I did what was possible.”

Kobusch admitted that he had expected rough weather but it was even “a touch worse than I had hoped,” he said.

Summing up, the 2021-22 winter season ends with zero 8,000m summits out of six attempts — or five, if we assume that Kobusch was not really intending to summit Everest this year.

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Uwe
Uwe
2 months ago

Hauptsache alle sind noch am Leben!
Kobusch sollte seinen nächsten Versuch vielleicht mal im Sommer durchführen und vorher nicht soviel Publicity machen.
Reinhold Messner hatte mit seinen Aussagen recht!

F v
F v
2 months ago
Reply to  Uwe

Everest will be there next winter, he is young, he will defenitly give it another try.

Tobi
Tobi
2 months ago
Reply to  Uwe

Und was soll ihm der Sommer bringen? Ohne künstlichen Sauerstoff schafft es bei dem Stau doch keiner im Sommer – siehe Göttler.
Ohne Jost hätte doch Reinhold auch nichts mehr zu erzählen und wäre nicht immer in der Presse. Ist doch eine win-win Situation für beide. Es sei es geht um die Hochzeit mit seiner dritten Frau, ein weiteres Museum…

Vossi
Vossi
2 months ago
Reply to  Tobi

Oh Tobi- klar, dass du antworten musst! Vielleicht solltest du erstmal genau lesen und dann schreiben! Kobusch soll das, was er groß angekündigt hat, erstmal im Sommer probieren. Auf dieser Strecke sind auch im Sommer wenige Bergsteiger unterwegs.
Deine Bemerkung über Messner ist einfach nur peinlich und blödsinnig!

Vossi
Vossi
2 months ago
Reply to  Vossi

wenige Bergsteiger, nicht einige!

Translater Guy
Translater Guy
2 months ago

Uwe’s comment translated:

“The main thing is that everyone is still alive!
Kobusch should maybe do his next attempt in the summer and not do so much publicity beforehand.
Reinhold Messner was right in his statements! “

Last edited 2 months ago by Translater Guy
F v
F v
2 months ago

Gelje’s team and pioneer’s still can wait for a longer summit window to complete a cho oyu commercial south side route. In the end broad peak and gasherbrum 1 are only summited in march and still that climbs counting as the first winter ascent.

fred west
fred west
2 months ago

Makes the achievement of the K2 ten even more remarkable.