Mal has summited and guided Lhotse as well as a number of other peaks in the Himalaya.  This expedition represents his first opportunity to focus on a serious attempt to speedfly from altitude.

High Altitude

Simply to climb and descend an 8000m peak on foot will be big enough of a challenge – but we need to add the flying component as well.  .

Climbing and carrying gear above 7000m is hard – getting up to 8000m is even harder.  Mal will be using Ski Touring equipment to get to the top of the mountainas much as he can.  The snow conditions will be critical otherwise we will need to done our crampons and carry our ski's.

Strong winds, reduced air pressure, changes in body metabolism, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) – these are just some of the things we will face on the mountain.

Nepal – Manaslu

Manaslu  (Nepali:मनास्लु), also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is said that "just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain"

 

New Zealand

Closer to home in New Zealand, Mal has been doing a large number of training mission – both solo and with firends.

Climbing, skit touring and ski mountaineering will take us to quite a few amazing and spectacular location – in the early part of summer 2010 Mal made a solo climb and flight from the summit of Mt Aspiring.

 



 

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