Known as Gorky to his friends, Maksima Gor’Kogo is a 6,050m (~20,000-foot) peak that has only seen three successful summit attempts and which was conveniently located within spitting distance of our base camp.
We were going to climb it.
Our bags packed, we set off along the path to the steep scree slope a bit further along. There is little doubt that we were carrying too much stuff. I’m not sure that we could have cut down much more, but I think we should have taken a different approach to the climb. Sleeping bag, tent, bivvy bag (I’ll come back to that), stove, meals, snacks, down jackets, waterproofs, first-aid kits, crampons, ice axes, ropes, climbing hardware. The list goes ...Read More