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Korzhenevskaya Expedition July ’16

By August 12, 2016Current Trips

Expedition: Korzhenevskaya
Leader: Rob Smith

Read the full Trip Report here

17th August

The team are now back in Dushanbe and are making preparations to fly home.

11th August

Rob has called to say that the team are now all safely back at base camp. It’s been a tiring day with lots of fresh snow but everyone is safe and well.

10th August
Team Summit on Korzhenevskaya!

Our full team left high camp in the early hours of this morning and although they left  in relatively good clear weather they had to battle their way up through heavy snowfall in the afternoon to reach the summit! Congratulations to Rob and the team who are now safely back in camp 3, they will descend to BC in the morning. Korzhenevskaya is 7105m situated in Tajikistan and forms part of the Snow Leopard Challenge.

The team being fully acclimatised will now attempt Ismoil Somoni at 7495m it is Korzhenevskaya’s higher neighbour.

We have now operated three successful expeditions to this peak and currently there is an early booking discount available on this expedition for 2017

9th August
Rob called in to say the team are no encamped at 6300m and are planning to leave in the early hours of Wednesday morning to make their summit bid on Korzhenevskaya. The forecast for tomorrow is for low winds and snow, as it was today , but Rob says their has been no snow today so fingers crossed the same happens tomorrow. He said it had been a long day today and this was the highest anyone had been on the trip so far, so they hoping to get some food down themselves and get as much rest as possible before their early morning departure.

8th August
The team  are at Camp 2 and will sleep there tonight. Everyone is well and are waiting to see how the weather looks tomorrow before deciding when to move up.

7th August
The team are now at Camp 1 on their summit bid attempt on Kozhenevskaya. They will move up to camp 2 tomorrow. The weather so far is looking good for the team with light winds and only small amounts of snow overnight and Rob reports that all the members at camp 1 are in good health and looking forward to the next few days climbing. Denis flew out on the helicopter yesterday and will be on his way back to Dushanbe today, so we’d like to wish him a safe journey back to Canada.

3rd August
The team are currently resting at Base camp.  They have been up to camp 2 to sleep and touched 6100m, the weather has been good with only a little cloud rolling in late afternoon. They will rest over the weekend now and hopefully the weather will hold and they will begin to move up the mountain on Sunday to head for the summit in the following days.

2nd Aug
Rob called to say that the team are at Camp 1 having made an acclimatisation walk to camp 2. They will move to camp 2 tomorrow. Dennis will remain at BC and will hopefully be going out tomorrow. 

29th July
The the team are now ready to make their first carry up the mountain. The weather has been great so far but is expected to worsen so after this carry the team will rest for 2 days.

27th July
The team are all at Base Camp and starting to do some acclimatisation with easy walks.

24th July
Rob phoned from Korzhenevskaya base camp to say they had arrived safe and well and all is ok.

22nd July
Depart UK, arriving Dunshabe early the following morning on day 2. Transfer to Djirgital (8 to 10 hours).

Rob Smith

About Rob Smith

Rob has been climbing in remote locations around the world for 20 years, and has summited Mount Everest twice. Other 8000m expeditions include Cho Oyu, Makalu and Manaslu. He has climbed 6 of the world’s 7 summits and spent extensive time in Antarctica. In Antarctica he has climbed new routes and peaks, Mount Vinson multiple times, Mount Sidley and skied to the South Pole. For Adventure Peaks he has led trips to Kharut Pyramid, Mount Elbrus, Peak Lenin, Lhakpa Ri, Island Peak, Cho Oyu and Everest. He lives in Scotland, when not in other wild places and is also a qualified Off­Shore Medic.

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