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    Makalu 2011: Safe, Healthy and Heading Home

    Makalu_trekking_2009 Sitting on a warm piece of granite in front of a crystal-clear stream, Steve House called this morning on his way out from Makalu towards Kathmandu. The news you'll hear is both positive and somber. Everyone Steve traveled and climbed with are all safe and healthy. Unfortunately, he and Marko were asked to assist another party in which a Swiss climber died on the mountain.

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to Steve House - Makalu Call 3 - May 27, 2011
    (9:08 – right-click to download MP3)

    Stay tuned for some photos from this trip and a final report from Steve. Thanks for listening.

    Previous posts from this trip:
    Makalu 2011
    Sweet and Sour

    [The seventh day of trekking, along the Barun River (2009). Photo: © Steve House]

    Makalu 2011: Sweet & Sour

    Steve_House_Makalu_2009 Steve House called today and shared the latest news from Makalu. He and fellow Patagonia ambassador Marko Prezelj finished their acclimatization and spent some time on the west face where the weather didn't cooperate all that well. But the forecast is improving slightly so the duo are going to head back to ABC and give the west face another go tomorrow.

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to Steve House - Makalu Call 2 - May 18, 2011
    (4:41 – right-click to download MP3)

    Let's all wish Steve and Marko good luck and safe climbing. We'll update you again as soon as possible.

    Previous posts from this trip:
    Makalu 2011

    To see Steve and Marko in action, check out their 2005 video Cayesh: The Calling.

    [My advanced base camp, at the base of Makalu's west face (2009). Photo: © Steve House]

    Makalu 2011

    Steve on Sat Phone 2009 Makalu West Face by Steve House

    Editor’s note: Patagonia ambassadors Steve House and Marko Prezelj are back at Makalu. Longtime Cleanest Line readers will recall their previous attempt to climb Makalu’s West Face in 2008 with Vince Anderson, and Steve’s subsequent trip in 2009 when he made an emergency solo decent from 21,300 ft. with High Altitude Pulmonary Edema. Similar to the previous trips, Steve will be calling in with reports from his sat phone. Today, we’re happy to share his first call from this trip, and some background on the expedition.

    Audio_graphic_20pxListen to Steve House - Makalu Call 1 - April 29, 2011
    (7:52 – right-click to download MP3)

    From stevehouse.net:

    Marko Prezelj is organizing an expedition to Makalu this Spring and I will be joining him as will Rok Blagus (SLO), Luka Lindic (SLO), Boris Lorencic (SLO), and Dr. Scott Boughton (USA). The average age of Marko and I will be 43.5. The average age of the other five climbers; 24.6 years. Dr. Boughton will have ample opportunity to explore and trek, but will also endeavor to keep us healthy and light-hearted. I’m confident that he can do both.

    [Left: Me on the phone with you from 7400 meters (24,270 ft) in 2009. Lhotse is behind me. Right: Located 14 miles east of Mt. Everest, on the border between Nepal and China, Makalu is the fifth highest peak in the world (27,762 ft). All photos © Steve House.]

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