Shishapangma towers at 8027m above sea level. It was first climbed in 1964 by a Chinese expedition via the Northern Route. In 1982 an English expedition completed the first ascent on the southern face. The last new route was established in 2002 and there are currently 8 routes on the south side of the mountain.
The team will climb in alpine style, without bottled oxygen. While David is more experienced in climbing 8000 peaks, Hervé is more focused on first ascents of hard technical routes in the Alps.
THE DEATH ZONE
In mountaineering, The Death Zone refers to altitude above 8000m (26000ft), where human beings don’t have enough oxygen to breathe. “It feels like running as fast as Usain Bolt over an uphill route with a 45% slope, with a neoprene mask covering your nose and mouth.” (Hervé Barmasse)
While at sea level human beings can climb around 1000 vertical meters in one hour, at 7000m we barely manage to climb around 250m in the same amount of time. “It feels like running for 10km while dragging a sled loaded with the equivalent of your body’s weight.” (Hervé Barmasse)