Everest north side: Alberto Zerain acclimatizing at 6,000m

(ExplorersWeb/Madrid) Already at the foot of Everest, Alberto Zerain has reached 6,000 meters. The basque climber was forced to set up BC at 5,500 meters though--ABC is out of reach for yaks due to loads of snow on the glacier. Snow on the way to ABC "From this point on, we will have to carry everything on our backs--there's no other choice," Alberto wrote from an interim camp at 5,500 meters last week. It had taken the yaks two days to reach that point from Chinese BC. Fresh snow and land slides blocked the path making it impossible for the yaks to go any further. Alberto and his two mates have, however, started with the acclimatization process. Zerain and Juan Carlos Arrieta “Txingu” managed to set up a higher camp at 6,000 meters. Next, they planned on climbing peaks nearby and reach 7,000 meters. The acclimatization stage is expected to take 15-20 days until the solo Alberto is ready to attempt Everest via the Hornbein Couloir. Born in Alava (Spanish Basque Country) on August 20, 1961, Alberto Zerain started his climbing career with cool climbs in the Alps, Andes and Patagonia. In 1993, he summited Everest in his first Himalayan experience. Makalu followed in 1995 and Lhotse in 2001. In 2004, he summited Ama Dablam and reached 8,600 meters on Everest in Andrew Irvine replica clothes for a documentary produced by Spanish TV. He climbed GI and GII back-to-back in 2006, K2 in 2008 and Kangchenjunga in 2009. One of the currently fastest 8000er climbers, the Basque will still need all he's got for his next goal: Everest Hornbein Couloir--solo.

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