Cascade des Lillaz

Mark's voice exudes confidence, his mind is racing with anticipation, he radiates with enthousiasm. He is getting ready for the Seven Summit Challenge...

His conquest of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents starts in three weeks with Aconcagua.
This coming summer he will be attempting Kilimanjaro and Elbrus. Next winter Mount-Vinson. Spring 2009 Everest! He will be left with Carstensz Pyramid a more technical rock summit on the island of New Guinea and Denali in North America. It is not the classic order people have done it in the past but he has the resilence and the motivation.



The objective of our day is to share info, tips and advice from my previous expeditions. I have been to Aconcagua, Denali and Ama Dablam. Not quite Everest but high enough to talk about this altitude game...

We are having our chat whilst climbing the Cascade des Lillaz. Why not? It is always more meaningful to talk about gear in action!

We arrived at the 1st belay and met up with Valery Babanov! The famous Russian mountaineer well known for his hard/narly solo ascents all over the world. An inspiring figure.

The second pitch of the Lillaz in finally in!
Not that Mark will have to tackle lots of steep ice during his journey but he is opening all his options...




Still very thin walking at its base.










Inevitable shopping frenzy!
Bonne Chance Mark!





















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