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by Luka Strazar
Unfortunately things didn’t go according to plan. Due to frostbites we had to turn back and finish our expedition without really achieving anything.
I guess this is something you have to take into account when climbing high mountains. Disappointed?
To some extend, yes. But Annapurna will still be there and I think that trying to learn from failures in our life rather than pushing those experience aside, gives us knowledge and energy to continue our story smarter and stronger.
People usually ask: How was it, was it cold?
Well, yes but just at times. It’s not Antarctica. During nice days in base camp it was pretty hot actually. Different story of course are mornings somewhere high up on the mountain. With some help from the wind the cold really has a clear purpose to get all the way to your bones. There is also one other type of cold the one that inhabits your mind before crossing a sketchy crevasse or serac.
How hard was it?
It wasn’t that hard I guess, we were still acclimatizing on normal route. Probably I’m a bad story teller but also explaining difficulties encountered on an expedition is purely a subjective description and often lacks fancy words like overhang, super fast, biceps, etc... So it also represent a challenge to the one listening to try to understand the experience because climbing is impossible to sum up only by numbers, times and grades. No high end watch, application, or program can really sum up your mountaineering experience into just numbers and graphs.
So what’s next?
I already have some plans for the future and also if lucky enough this was not my last expedition to the highest mountains.