HERVÉ BARMASSE & DAVID GÖTTLER

THE

SHISHAPANGMA
SOUTH FACE

EXPEDITION

THE ATTEMPT OF AN UNCLIMBED
ROUTE AT 8027M

FOLLOW HERVÉ AND DAVID AS THEY ATTEMPT A NEW ROUTE ON THE SOUTH SIDE
OF ONE OF THE HIGHEST PEAKS IN THE WORLD

Shishapangma is one of the very few places in the world where true exploration is still possible. The team will face isolation and severe conditions, defying the Death Zone in order to show that impossible doesn’t exist. Go behind the scenes with Hervé and David to discover their training routines and acclimatisation, and get exclusive real-time updates from the basecamp all the way to the summit push. Follow them in their search for every climber’s Holy Grail: a new route up to the top.

HAPPENING NOW

UPDATE ON SHISHAPANGMA SOUTH FACE

On Saturday, May 20th, the team attempted a fast push of an existing route on the south face of Shishapangma. With only a 24-hour weather window of low winds and no precipitation, Hervé and David climbed more than 2000m in just 13 hours. Due to avalanche risk, they decided to stop just short of the summit at 8024m.

The forecast indicates heavy snowfall and winds from now until the end of May, thus making the attempt of an unclimbed route on the south side of the mountain unsafe.

The team decided to postpone the expedition. As Hervé and David commented, “There were no other people on the peak, which makes you feel quite humble and exposed in a good way. We managed to climb from 5900m all the way up to 8024m in a single push. Even though we were just a few meters from the summit, to proceed fast and light on such a huge section of Shishapangma is a very satisfying and rewarding feeling.”

This is definitely not a goodbye but an until next time.

  • Shishapangma 2017, David Göttler

  • Shishapangma 2017, Hervé barmasse

  • Shishapangma 2017, David Göttler

  • Shishapangma 2017, Hervé barmasse

THE TEAM

HERVÉ BARMASSE

After climbing the Matterhorn as a child, he devoted his life to mountaineering and global adventures. He has never stopped since then.

DAVID GÖTTLER

With 5 out of the 14 different 8000s peaks already under his belt, he still feels more alive where the air is thin and the ice reigns undisputed.

HERVÉ BARMASSE

After climbing the Matterhorn as a child, he devoted his life to mountaineering and global adventures. He has never stopped since then.

DAVID GÖTTLER

With 5 out of the 14 different 8000s peaks already under his belt, he still feels more alive where the air is thin and the ice reigns undisputed.

PREPARATION PHASE 1 2 3

07 - 27.02.2017
Kumbu, Nepal
PRE-ACCLIMATISATION

27.02 - 09.04.2017
Europe, Alps
TRAINING

10 - 24.04.2017
Kumbu, Nepal
ACCLIMATISATION

EXPEDITION

24.04 - 08.06.2017
Tibet, China
SHISHAPANGMA EXPEDITION

TRAINING FOR AN 8000M ASCENT

For this expedition the team has trained for months, splitting the workout routines between the Alps and Nepal. This winter they spent 2 weeks at a training camp in the Khumbu area in Nepal. They lived at 4700m and brought their workouts, including trail running and fast mountaineering, up to 6100m. They then moved to the Alps to focus on endurance and strength, before heading back to Nepal for acclimatisation and to attempt the summit push. The challenge now, according to David, is to bring the training routines to “real altitude”.

  • Hervé takes advantage of a sunny day to improve endurance.

  • Training partners in action. Hervé and David are out for some speed hiking.

  • Always check the terrain conditions. David is testing the ice while climbing fully equipped.

  • Alone, together. Hervé and David experience the quietness of the iced surroundings.

THE TRAINING GOAL

Hervé Barmasse and David Göttler are training to carry their 25kg backpack of equipment.
During their training they eat around 5000 calories which is twice the recommended daily amount.

25 KILOGRAMS

OF CARRIED WEIGHT
EQUIVALENT TO:

4

BOWLING
BALLS

5000 CALORIES

OF BURNT ENERGY
EQUIVALENT TO:

350

BANANAS

LOCATION

Also known as Gosainthān, Shishapangma is located in Tibet/China. It lies completely in Chinese territory, just 5km from the border with Nepal. The mountain is one of the so-called eight-thousanders, those peaks that tower at more than 8000m (26247ft) above sea level. They all are located in Asia, across the Himalaya and the Karakorum: Mount Everest is the highest with 8848m and is followed by K2 (8611m), Kangchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8485m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Manaslu (8163m), Nanga Parbat (8126m), Annapurna I (8091m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Broad Peak (8051m), Gasherbrum II (8035m) and of course Shishapangma (8027m).

DID YOU KNOW?

THE MOUNTAIN

Shishapangma towers at 8027m above sea level. It was first climbed in 1964 by a Chinese expedition via the Northern Route. In 1982 an English expedition completed the first ascent on the southern face. The last new route was established in 2002 and there are currently 8 routes on the south side of the mountain.

THE STYLE

The team will climb in alpine style, without bottled oxygen. While David is more experienced in climbing 8000 peaks, Hervé is more focused on first ascents of hard technical routes in the Alps.

THE DEATH ZONE

In mountaineering, The Death Zone refers to altitude above 8000m (26000ft), where human beings don’t have enough oxygen to breathe. “It feels like running as fast as Usain Bolt over an uphill route with a 45% slope, with a neoprene mask covering your nose and mouth.” (Hervé Barmasse)

THE CHALLENGE

While at sea level human beings can climb around 1000 vertical meters in one hour, at 7000m we barely manage to climb around 250m in the same amount of time. “It feels like running for 10km while dragging a sled loaded with the equivalent of your body’s weight.” (Hervé Barmasse)

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