Humar´s Annapurna Solo A Repeat Ascent

by Lindsay Griffin There is more clarification of Tomaz Humar´s October 28 Annapurna solo. Originally his exact line of ascension, thought to climb in the vicinity of the unprecedented 1970 British expedition, was unconfirmed. Lindsay Griffin, the compiler of Climb magazine´s MOUNTAIN INFO and contributor to Alpinist magazine reports: “Once C.A.M.P., one of Tomaz Humar´s major sponsors, released details of the Slovenian´s bold solo ascent of Annapurna East (8026m), it became clear that Humar had not, in the event, climbed any new ground. After arriving in the Annapurna Sanctuary, Humar first acclimatized by climbing the popular trekking peak of Tharpa Chuli (a.k.a. Tent Peak, 5663m). On October 24, with a Sherpa companion, Jagat Limbu, he crossed the South Annapurna Glacier and climbed up to a glacial terrace below the east rib of Annapurna, where the pair camped for the night at 5800m. To this point the route followed the line taken by previous attempts and ascents of Annapurna´s long east ridge and features a section of complex ground, including a tricky rock buttress through the icefall. Prior to this, Humar had not slept above 5300m and quite rightly decided to spend the next day furthering his acclimatization by staying put in camp.” Read the full storyat ( Source: Alpinist )