Danilo Callegari attempts Shisha Pangma
Italian alpinist Danilo Callegari is currently attempting to ascend Shisha Pangma (8027m), Tibet.
Danilo Callegari has embarked on his new adventure. The mountaineer from Friuli is currently in Tibet aiming to climb Shisha Pangma (8027m), solo and naturally without the use of supplementary oxygen. The ascent of the fourteenth highest mountain in the world forms part of a greater project which, after the summit, will see the 30-year-old cycle 4500km through Nepal and all the way to the southern tip of India to reach the Kanyakumari massif.
Callegari is currently concentrating on the first, most difficult part of the project. After arriving at Advanced Base Camp on September 12 he wasted little time and immediately began the ascent by establishing - not without difficulty due to the large amounts of fresh snow - Camp 1 at 6378m where he spent five nights at altitude before returning to ABC.Callegari aims to follow the line chosen by the late Spanish climber Iñaki Ochoa de Olza in autumn 2006 up the north face. According to the latest news Callegari took a short fall, fortunately nothing serious, but the consequences could have fatal, demonstrating just how difficult and dangerous high altitude alpinism, solo and in this season, really is.
On his blog Danilo describes the incident as follows: "Today I had a little accident going up to Camp 1; while climbing a sheet of ice, 2 metres off the ground, the block of ice shattered beneath my ice axe and I fell. Nothing serious, but I fell onto a thin sheet of ice that broke and I ended up waist-deep in a puddle of water. The weight of the rucksack and my soaked expedition gear prevented me from pulling myself out at first, but I managed somehow and in doing so I cut my hands. In order to dry my clothes I had to descend from the glacial moraine and head towards ABC to the first boulders. I pitched my tent at 5900m and am waiting for my clothes to dry and the wounds to heal. Tomorrow I'll head off to Camp 1 and then on to establish Camp 2."