AFTER being forced to cancel his latest Himilayan expedition and returned
to Australia, mountaineer Andrew Lock has vowed to summit Mt Sjishapangma
by the end of the year.
Lock, one of the world's foremost mountaineers and this country's most
successful high altitude climber, was unable to get the necessary permit to
enter Tibet in May to begin his final expedition, delaying his plans to
become the first Australian to summit all 14 of the world's peaks over 8000
It was to be Lock's third attempt at Mt
Shishapangma (8027 metres) and the final summit in a 15-year project to
climb all of the world's "death zone'' peaks - those in the oxygen-starved
heights above 8000 metres. He was obviously disappointed but vowed not to
"I did everything I could to be ready at the right time but the necessary
permissions just didn't come. I delayed the expedition twice but, in the
end, it just got too late in the season to risk an ascent. The window when
conditions are right for the summit is really tight and, if you miss that,
you have to come back another time," said Lock.
The 46-year-old had already spent two weeks trekking and acclimatising in
the Khumbu (Everest) region in Nepal and another two weeks preparing
equipment and buying food for his expedition. He will now plan for an
ascent later in the year.
"Post-monsoon, around September, is the next
climbing opportunity and so preparations begin again. I am determined to
complete my campaign to summit all fourteen '8000ers'," said Lock.
Michael Milton and his wife Penni Lewer
threw their support behind Andrew when they learned of his extraordinary
career last year. They will liaise with media leading up to and during his
expedition in the hope of raising his profile.
"We couldn't believe noone had heard of
Andrew, including us. He's an amazing guy and a great speaker with an
incredible history of success. The guy's still got all his fingers and
toes," exclaimed Michael.
To book Andrew to speak at your event or to
talk about sponsoring his next expedition, contact Penni at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0411 879154.