It’s December 2nd and I’m sitting in a Starbucks outside of Red Rocks, Nevada. A storm is rolling through and I’m struggling to find the motivation to get out and train/climb in this wet weather.
I returned from Nepal in October after my second 8000m summit on Manaslu. Climbing solo and without supplemental O2. With time to reflect on Manaslu, what inspires and motivates me in the 8000m arena is changing. Before Cho Oyu in the Autumn of 2013, just making the summit in what I consider a purer style – solo / nO’s – captivated me. It drove me to train hard and prepare. After Manaslu my 3rd 8000m expedition, I find myself no longer content with this style. Now sparking my interest is adding new components to my future expeditions. Either a non-standard route or a single push ascent (BC to BC).
This spring Annapurna seems to be the likely 8000m peak I’ll be climbing. Whether or not I’ll be adding either of these components to my ascent of Annapurna will remain unknown. Until I’ve arrived at Base Camp and scoped the possible lines / condition of the mountain. Of course, I will continue in the solo / nO’s style of previous expeditions at a minimum. As I enjoy the flexibility, simplicity and challenge.
Since returning from Nepal this fall I’ve spent most of my time on the road. Climbing in Red Rocks, Joshua Tree and the Eastern Sierra. Soon I head North in search of decent ice, before departing to Argentina December 26th. I’ll be down there guiding two back-to-back Aconcagua trips for Rainier Mountaineering Inc.
Well, that’s my status update from Rainy Las Vegas!