13th April, 2012 - Island Peak Summit

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Finally at Island Peak Base CampTop of The Island Peak

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trekking in nepal
13th April, 2012 - Island Peak Summit

After a sleepless four hours, we awoke to hot tea at 1am and a bright, starry, frigid night.  Everyone’s nerves were on high alert, anticipating the attempt at summiting Island Peak at 20,350 ft, much higher than any of us had ever been, except for an aircraft:  It would be similar to having a clothes pin on our noses, and breathing through a straw while doing jumping jacks.  We started on our journey at 2:30am, geared up with heavy bulky snow boots (similar to ski boots), insulated pants over several pairs of long underwear, a super insulated down filled hooded coat, down filled mittens and trekking poles.  On our heads we wore our hats and head lamps.  With three guides and a porter, we trekked straight up a rocky path.  One by one, the mountain claimed trekkers until only two were left to try to complete the summit:  Todd and Greg.  They climbed through rocky, icy ravines in the dark and traversed areas with full exposures of 1000 ft drops on either side for the first four hours.  Then they donned crampons, harnesses and ice axes, and headed across glaciers with multiple bottomless crevasses, narrow snow bridges, and steep ice features. When they reached the 1000 ft ice wall, they roped in their ascenders and began the most strenuous climb of their lives.  After 70 breathless minutes, they reached the end of the ice wall and clipped in to another series of ropes to ascend another 1000 ft knife-edged ridgeline to the summit.  At the summit, the exhausted Todd and Greg could only sit for photos of the incredible journey, as they were totally out of energy and air.  Even so, they appreciated the majestic mountainous views from nearly the top of the world:  unbelievable!

The descent followed the same course.  Todd and Greg’s exhaustion made the downward climb more difficult than expected, with multiple rest stops for hydration and nourishment.  They were met two hours away from the end of the course with hot tea delivered by one of the assistant guides.  This extraordinary journey took a total of 13 plus hours, ending with another two and a half hour trek back to Chhukung where our cold tea hut awaited.  This was our lucky Friday the 13th!!!!!  Vicious and Delicious is so very proud of our Todd and Greg!!!  Way to go!!!

Nancy Pyle  

near the summit of Island Peak

near the summit of Island Peak

 

on the way back from Island Peak

on the way back from Island Peak

 

Team at Island Peak Base Camp

on the way back from Island Peak