Andrew Lock: Anybody up for Makalu?
Kang is not enough
Kangchenjunga is among the most difficult 8000ers, but Andrew feels optimistic about summiting – so optimistic that he thinks they may be done with Kangchenjunga in time to climb another peak before the monsoon arrives.
“I plan to go directly from there to Makalu,” said Andrew. Problem is – with whom? After Kangchenjunga, Gerlinde hopes to join an Italian team for Lhotse; and Ralf will be heading back home.
May I join you?
“I’m having a bit of trouble finding a Makalu expedition permit to join, so if anyone is planning on the peak this spring, I’d appreciate it if they could contact me,” Andrew said.
Andrew Lock is Australia’s most accomplished high altitude climber. His 8000+m summits include: 1993 K2, 1997 Dhaulagiri, 1997 Broad Peak, 1998 Nanga Parbat, 1999 Gasherbrums II and I, 2000 Everest, 2002 Manaslu, 2002 Lhotse, 2003 Shisha Pangma, 2004 Everest.
An experienced Antarctic veteran as well, Andrew has led, trained and guided members of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions on multiple expeditions and guided commercial groups across Antarctica and the sub Antarctic.
In 2005, Andrew had to cancel an attempt at Kangchenjunga when he was unable to find a team with whom to share a climbing permit - a problem he now facing with Makalu. Instead of Kang, Andrew went for Annapurna in 2005. He was on his summit bid when a serac fell, killing Italian Christian Kuntner and injuring other climbers. The climb was then aborted.
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