Succesful ascent of Stok Kangri

The acclimatisation went well and I was feeling very strong on the summit day.

In a snowstorm on July 20th I reached the summit of Stok Kangri at an altitude of 6153 meters with my group of 10 people. We stayed only 15-20 minutes due to the wind and cold. The climb to the summit took around eight and a half hours and we came back to basecamp in 4 hours.

For me it was a nice acclimatisation climb, I stayed at 3500 meters for around 10 days and I slept at approximately 5000 meters reaching a maximum altitude of 6153 meter.

My next training climbs will take place in around 14 days in the Alps at a little lower altitude.

Approaching the summit of Stok Kangri in a snow storm

Approaching the summit of Stok Kangri in a snow storm

Cho Oyu / Shishapangma acclimatisation plan

The expedition is approaching and I’m on acclimatisation climbs during the last month before:

  • July 9th to July 24th: Climbing Stok Kangri, 6153 meter, in Ladakh and staying above 3500 meter for around 10 days. I’m working as leader of a group from Kipling Travel.
  • August 9th to August 24th: Climbing in the Alps with my family. Maximum altitude will probably be around 4100 meter.
  • August 27th to September 3rd: Climbing Ararat, 5165 meter in Turkey and sleeping at around 4100 meter. I’m working as leader of a group from Kipling Travel.
  • September 8th to October 26th: Expedition to Cho Oyu, 8201 meter, and Shishapangma, 8027 meter.
Climbing Aiguille Goleon in the French Alps with my family

Climbing Aiguille Goleon in the French Alps with my family

Perfect training with Suunto Ambit 2

I have now been training for a little more than a week with a new partner: The Suunto Ambit 2 GPS

What a step forward compared to my previous experience with two Garmin watches (Forerunner 110 and 405CX). Every day since I received it I have done running, kayaking, cycling and weight training (indoors) with Suunto Ambit 2 on left arm and Garmin watch on my right arm to compare performance.

After four days the battery on the Suunto was on 68% while the Garmin had to be recharged, I could probably have gone on for another 4 or 5 days before recharging the Suunto.

The Suunto watch locks in on the GPS signal in 1 to 5 seconds every time while both the Garmin watches typically use 10 to 30 seconds but sometimes even needs 2-3 minutes to attain a signal. After training when I load the data into my training system (TrailRunner) the Garmin trail often is away from the tracks I have actually run while the Suunto is spot on. Fabulous !!!

The fabulous Suunto Ambit 2 GPS training device

The fabulous Suunto Ambit 2 GPS training device

I have tested the concept of sports modes to some degree but I’m seeing forward to testing the mountaineering and trekking modes in Ladakh in a few days during one of my training climbs. When I choose running it automatically turns on the GPS and tracks every second, the same happens for cycling, while indoor training doesn’t turn on the GPS. Therefore it saves a lot of battery. When the trek in Ladakh starts and I set it to the trekking mode, it locks in on GPS but only logs position once every 60 seconds. Going at a speed of probably around 2-4 km/hour depending on the terrain that is plenty enough positions to make a smooth path on the map. And the battery will be able to last during 50 hours of trekking.

The mode you choose also determine what is displayed on the screen. And if you are not satisfied with the default you can change that from the Suunto website and download our own setup to the watch. I love that concept. By the way you don’t have only one screen. You have up to 4 screens you can switch between during your exercise.

To sum it all up, I will probably get into even better shape before going on my challenging climbs and during the climbs I will be much more aware of my performance and whether I’m on track to reach my goal.

So happy that Suunto would sponsor my attempt to climb the fourteen 8000 meter peaks 🙂

Fujifilm ambassador

Recently I was appointed ambassador for Fujifilm Nordic.

The implications of this is, that I will have very high quality and lightweight photographic equipment with me on my expeditions. Thus, I hopefully will create even more stunning photographs and have even greater chance of reaching the summit with this new lightweight equipment.

I’m looking very much forward to experimenting with the load of different cameras and lenses, that I will be receiving shortly. I’ll take most of it on a training trip to Ladakh over the summer.

Best wishes from Bo

Some of the superb cameras that I will be using on future expeditions

Some of the superb cameras that I will be using on future expeditions

Nordisk/Yeti – new sponsor

I am sitting in the living room sourrounded by cardboard boxes and the stuff that was inside these boxes:

  • 4 sleeping bags of different weight and temperature specifications
  • 5 tents from lightweight single person tents via light weight two person tents to durable two person tent
  • One Himalayan grade down jacket and same style pants
  • Two lightweight down jackets
  • One down vest
  • Large, very warm down mittens
  • And a lot of utensils for camps and packing of equipment

This just proves that my new sponsor Nordisk/Yeti for the Challenge of the 14 project was serious. They told me they would sponsor all tents, sleeping bags, down equipment and some other stuff for the COT14 project. And here I’m sitting in the middle of all that nice stuff seeing forward to testing it in the mountains 🙂

If you want to read more about Nordisk and Yeti, you can use the links under the names.

Very rugged single person tent, the Svalbard 1 SI from Nordisk

Very rugged single person tent, the Svalbard 1 SI from Nordisk

Cho Oyu / Shishapangma 2014

Join me on a combined expedition to Cho Oyu 8201 meter and Shishapangma via the South Face (for climbers).

During September and October 2014 I will be leading an expedition to Cho Oyu and Shishapangma. The goal is to acclimatize on and climb Cho Oyu, the Worlds sixth highest mountain.

Cho Oyu evening light

Summit of Cho Oyu in beautiful evening light

After that we move to the more challenging climb of Shishapangma via the South Face. Shishapangma is the worlds 14th highest mountain and almost 200 meters lower than Cho Oyu. Nevertheless climbing the South Face will be a nice challenge as the route is nothing like a “normal” route.
Feel free to contact if you want to join this expedition. The price is not fixed yet as more participants will lower the price. At the moment we are at around 9000€ (Euro) from Kathmandu and back.
Best regards
Bo Belvedere Christensen
bbc (at) k2-adventure.dk

Dhaulagiri spring 2014

High on Dhaulagiri during summit attempt

Jan coming up the slope at 7400 meter during our summit attempt

The plan for 2014 was to go on expedition to Dhaulagiri, the worlds’ 7th highest mountain, and attempt to summit i the beginning or middle of May. Unfortunately, sponsorships have become hard to obtain and I have had to call of the spring expedition of 2014. Will attempt to make it for next year.

I have attempted to climb Dhaulagri before. Many years ago in 1991 in my young days I went to Dhaulagiri and was very close to the summit. Only 300 meters of altitude below my partner Jan Mathorne and I had to turn back due to a storm that threatened to freeze us to death. We escaped without injury but I have since the wanted to come back and make another attempt on the beautiful mountain.

Follow my attempt to scale the mountain on Facebook

Welcome to COT14.dk

Welcome to COT14.dk my website dedicated to my attempt to scale the fourteen peaks above 8000 meter:

  1. Everest, 8848 meter
  2. K2, 8611 meter
  3. Kangchenjunga, 8586 meter
  4. Lhotse, 8516 meter
  5. Makalu, 8485 meter
  6. Cho Oyu, 8201 meter
  7. Dhaulagiri, 8167 meter
  8. Manaslu,8163 meter
  9. Nanga Parbat, 8126 meter
  10. Annapurna, 8091 meter
  11. Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak), 8068 meter (or 8080)
  12. Broad Peak, 8047 meter (or 8051)
  13. Gasherbrum II, 8034 meter
  14. Shishapangma, 8027 meter

I have allready summited Gasherbrum I and Broad Peak, been very close to the summit of Dhaulagiri (turned back in storm at app. 7900 meter) and close to the summit of Everest (without oxygen to 8450 meter).

The plan is to climb the rest during the next 5 yeasrs, but as you know mountains, their weather and conditions are not easy to predict. Therefore, it could take considerably longer.

Hope you will enjoy following my project here. I’ll also be publishing books during the project and videos on youtube.