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24/06/2023 00:19

Holecek and Bernat Safe in BC After Summiting Sura Peak
Marek Holecek and Matej Bernat reached the top of 6,764m Sura Peak yesterday, despite a fierce storm that forced a third bivouac near the summit. They were attempting the 1,300m-high Northwest Wall.
The news came only today after the climbers made it safely down to Base Camp, and Holecek wrote a few words about the adventure.
On Monday, after a difficult night in a poor bivy site swept constantly by spindrift, the climbers faced the most difficult pitches. They surmounted a rocky barrier that crosses the face, then began the steep ice pitches leading to the summit. Here, the weather deteriorated, and a storm raged.
But they were also lucky. “Just 150 meters below the top, a serac and a cave barely visible from below [came into view].” The crevasse provided a cold but otherwise excellent bivy at 6,500m.
Yesterday, the climbers did the last meters to the highest point of Sura Peak.
“Joy? I would hardly describe the feeling like that,” Holecek recalled. “[We’re] tired, frozen, and have the vision of a brutal descent ahead us.”
Yet the peak also offered incredible views of nearby Chamlang, Ama Dablam, and Baruntse, as well as Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Pumori, Holecek recalls.
The pair took 11 hours for the descent. Once safe in Base Camp, Holecek could appreciate their new route more fully. It was, he said, “simply beautiful.”
Angela Benavides



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