The Day the Mountain Fell – Part 2 of 2.

25 Apr, by Don Bowie in Blog

Picture this: It’s nighttime. You’re caught in a whiteout blizzard, perched high on a ledge in the Himalayan mountains. Avalanches are coming down all around, destroying and burying tents. The way up or down is too dangerous- there’s nowhere to go. People are huddling in…



The Day the Mountain Fell….Part 1

21 Apr, by Don Bowie in 2012 Annapurna, Blog, Expeditions

In just 24 hours, the international group of climbers attempting Annapurna endured 3 separate avalanche events, and somehow survived them all. I left Camp 2 on the crisp, early morning of April 18th to ascend the German ridge and set up Camp 3. I was…



Avalanches

19 Apr, by Don Bowie in 2012 Annapurna, Blog, Expeditions

(Friday 4/20/12  10:30am NPT) Don phoned to say that he was back down in Camp 2 after just coming from two nights stay in Camp 3. The weather conditions for the past couple of days have not been good,  so he has decided to head…



Camp 3

17 Apr, by Don Bowie in 2012 Annapurna, Blog, Expeditions

(8:30 PM NPT) Phone Dispatch from Don: “At Camp 2 now for the night. Heading up to Camp 3 at 6800m in morning of 4/18/12 for a few days acclimatization. Winds high on the mountain are rather precarious right now, so will make a decision…



The “Pucker Factor”

13 Apr, by Don Bowie in 2012 Annapurna, Blog, Expeditions

(Click on all pictures to enlarge) I was hoping to go to Camp 3 at least once to acclimatize before a summit push, so I started up alone from Camp 2 last Tuesday morning until I got about 200 meters from the upper north wall…



Barking of the obvious!

04 Apr, by Don Bowie in 2012 Annapurna, Blog, Expeditions

There are 12 people sharing our climbing permit, a varied group hailing from Spain, Mexico, Switzerland, Iran, Turkey, China, the USA, and me: the Canadian. Most of the other climbers have hired Sherpa’s to fix rope, guide, and carry gear and oxygen- and the entire…