|It started as a dream one night about 12 hours
ago. To climb a mountain, from sea level to its highest peak, without supplemental
oxygen or beer. How ever difficult, with proper planning we should be able to make
After a good night of food and beer, a high carbo, high energy meal, we planned our trip the morning of
June 22, 1998. We gathered the essential items to make the summit, a couple of cups
of coffee, cameras, extra fleece and of course our climbing shoes.
8:32AM. Summit Day
We're off to the base camp.
8:37AM. Summit Day
Along the way we make arrangements with the local search and rescue, just in case of a
8:38AM Summit Day
We start off on the grueling trail to Camp1. Camp 1, the scene of many first time
attempts on Mt. Ulvon, sits littered with the remnants of failure and tragedy of previous
8:43AM Summit Day
The start of the dreaded "Munchkin Step". Alas, many teams have
started before us and their sherpas have clogged the path.
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The decision is made to swat the other teams sherpas off the steps.
Easy solution to a potential climb ending problem.
8:54AM Summit Day
We have reached "Svenska Ridge" the most technical part of the climb.
Its also possibly the only place in the world where trees grow perpendicular to the
mountain sides. Notice our free climbing, NO GEAR
8:57AM Summit Day
The summit! Reached in an astonishing 20 minutes, possibly a new world
record! As you may
have now seen, Jacky did not make it, lost on the trail along the way. We strained
our vocal chords for a few seconds but the winds were to light to carry our calls very
far. She is not the first person to be lost on the trail as seen in this photo, a
marker to the first person to stub a toe on Mt. Ulvon.
You may ask did they know the risks involved?
YES we did!
Jacky did make it! After following a slightly longer trail, she reached
the summit moments after our decent from Mt. Ulvon. With her timely decent and
arrival at base camp, Risqué, we began to celebrate with toast and an extra ration of
And so goes the first of many....