7th April , 2012 - Island Peak Summit

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on the top of Island Peak

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7th April , 2012 - Island Summit

It was a pretty long day which started at 0030Hrs. outside temperature was well below freezing point. We had tea and noodles in the tent and prepared ourselves for the summit bid. Feather Jacket, snowshoes, Crampon, Gaiters, Harness, IceAxe everything was on. We were carrying packed meal, chocolates, cameras, and summit flags inside our bags.

Giripremi Island Summit

We set off at 0200 Hrs. Soon we started climbing through a steep slope. The day before it snowed heavily, hence it was difficult to pass though mixed terrain of snow, ice and rock. Soon we reached base of a gully. Climbing through gully was tricky because of the steep slopes covered by hard ice. Before dawn we reached to the top of the gully.

Giripremi Island Summit

At sunrise we could locate all high mountains around, Lotse, Makalu and AmaDablam. The route ahead was through crevasse field and hence we roped up ourselves in two teams. The zigzag route through the crevasse field took us to the snowfield.

Giripremi Island Summit

On the other end of the snowfield there was a vertical wall of 100Mtrs. We climbed on the fixed rope using ascenders until we reached the summit ridge.

Giripremi Island Summit

The summit ridge was very narrow where hardly a person can walk with sheer drops of thousand feet on both the sides.

Giripremi Island Summit

At 1100Hrs. all twelve members Bhushan Harshe, Tekraj Adhikari, More, Sachin Deng, Chetan Ketkar, Anand Mali, Surendra Jalihal, Prasad Joshi, Krishna Dhokale, Rahul Yelange, Ashish Mane and Rupesh Khopade reached to the top of the Island peak Ht. 6160Mtrs. We all were very happy as the entire team climbed to the summit despite of all the challenges. It is kind of passport for all of us to towards the next big Mt. Everest climb. We did pooja (offering to the God) and waved summit flags.

some summit pictures

Giripremi Island Summit

 

Giripremi Island Summit

 

Giripremi Island Summit

 

 

Giripremi Island Summit

 

After spending half an hour on the summit we started descending down. Because of the soft snow on the route we had to be very careful at certain sections. The descend was very tiring. The last team member reached basecamp at 1700 Hrs.