Ama Dablam Part 5 - Summit day

After having endured several weeks of hard work and technical climbing in thin air, Marcus and I left Camp 3 going for the summit....

Monday, November 07, 2005 | Posted in , , , , , | Read More »

Ama Dablam Part 4 - To Camp 3

After two comfortable days of rest in basecamp, I've finally decided to go for the summit. I'm certainly aware of my limited time spent above basecamp so far (2 nights only), but the weather forecast is good and so are my health. No reasons to wait it out any longer.....

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 | Posted in , , , , , | Read More »

Ama Dablam Part 3 - Acclimatizing

Because of a throat infection I was already delayed compared to some of the other team members. When Marcus, Stu, Brad B, Marc, Sue and Herb decided to go up to ABC and sleep one night, I was envious like hell, but I had the sense to stay behind in BC and fight off my infection.

Saturday, October 29, 2005 | Posted in , , , , , | Read More »

Ama Dablam Part 2 - From Lukla to BC

And so it came to pass under a golden halo sky that all members of the Ama Dablam quest came to meet in Namche Bazaar unimpeded by the ever-present windstopper ninjas. Vanessa bought up the rear and despite her humble denials, credible reports have surfaced that she came to Namche fresh from summiting two further 6000m peaks.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 | Posted in , , , , , | Read More »

Ama Dablam Part 1 - In Kathmandu

I'm finally back in Kathmandu again, a city where I have spent maybe 30-40 nights the last few years. And I have a confession to make: "I LOVE THAMEL, KATHMANDU AND NEPAL!". So much will happen during the next few weeks and I really look forward to the Ama Dablam climb. But first I have some shopping and sightseeing to take care of....

Sunday, October 16, 2005 | Posted in , , , , , | Read More »

Ama Dablam 2005 Team

A brief presentation of the team members on the Ama Dablam 2005 Expedition, including climbing resumes etc

Part of the team in Pangboche

Saturday, October 15, 2005 | Posted in , , , , , | Read More »

Ama Dablam 2005 Expedition

Returning from a vacation in Colorado late in September 2005, I had rather few ideas what to do during the next months. My desire was to go back to the Himalayas in order to climb a major peak, but I didn’t have any particular ones on my mind. Ama Dablam, however, had been on my wish list since the autumn of 2000, when I first saw her remarkable silhouette from a small village above Namche.

The southwest-ridge route of Ama Dablam

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 | Posted in , , , , , | Read More »

Pyramid Peak

Pyramid Peak (4273m) is often regarded as the most beautiful of the 14’ers in Colorado. It is not as famous as its two neighbors, Maroon Bells, but the foreshortened view of the North Face is neck-binding and unlike anything else in Colorado. I personally “discovered” the peak in 2001, but had to wait 4 long years for the opportunity to climb it.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

North Maroon Peak

North Maroon Peak (4271m) is nestled in the heart of the Elk Range, 16 kilometres west of Aspen in Colorado. North Maroon and its slightly higher companion South Maroon form the spectacular Maroon Bells, often referred to as the "Deadly Bells". 4 years after my successful but near-disastrous climb of South Maroon, I returned to these peaks with mixed feelings.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Huron Peak

Huron is a shapely, shy peak hidden in the heart of the Sawatch Range about halfway between Buena Vista and Independence Pass in Colorado. Huron Peak just barely rises above 14000 feet but compensates by being the Sawatch fourteener that is farthest away from a paved road.

Friday, September 16, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Harvard and Columbia

Mount Harvard, together with its companion Mount Columbia, forms a large, high massif 18 kilometres northwest of Buena Vista. Harvard is Colorado’s third highest peak (4395m) and therefore frequently climbed. Due to a terrible snowstorm I wisely decided to postpone my climb, hoping the weather would improve the next day. And it did...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

San Luis Peak

San Luis Peak (4271m) is perhaps the least climbed of Colorado’s fourteeners. The shy peak is far from everywhere and offers little technical excitement. But it is precisely San Luis’ reclusive nature that makes the peak well worth climbing, and I very much enjoyed to spend a beautiful day in solitude.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Peak

These dramatic peaks guard the San Juan’ northern edge about 15 kilometres west of Lake City in Colorado. Uncompahgre’s great height (4361m) and Wetterhorn’s classic shape make them siren sentinels. The day before I had been admiring those beautiful peaks from a distance, and I was really looking forward to an excellent outing.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Redcloud and Sunshine Peak

I did Handies Peak before lunch, and decided to continue with Redcloud (4278m) and Sunshine Peak (4268m) in the sunny afternoon. People often do the two latter peaks in a day, but it’s quite unusual to do all three peaks in one day, as this requires more than 2100 metres gain of elevation in one day. During the long day I also added one more peak on my list, Sundog (4094m).

Saturday, September 10, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Handies Peak

Handies Peak (4282m) is one of the easiest 14’ers in Colorado, but far from boring. The view from Handies’ summit is famous and spectacular and I could see mountains as far as the eye could see. Unquestionably one of my most memorable moments in the Colorado wilderness.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Wilson and El Diente

Wilson Peak (4272m), Mount Wilson (4342m) and El Diente (4316m) are some of Colorado’s most difficult fourteeners. My approach to these peaks were ill-fated from the first moment, and the problems included closed trailheads, morning thunderstorms, food shortage and insufficient climbing equipment.

Thursday, September 08, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Eolus, Sunlight and Windom

Mount Eolus (4292m), Sunlight Peak (4285m) and Windom Peak (4292m) are the most remote of Colorado’s fourteeners. These wild, rugged peaks lie buried in the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juans. No matter how you approach these peaks, it will be a major undertaking.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

Mount Shavano (4337m) is the southernmost fourteener in the Sawatch Range in Colorado, and it has a famous snow feature that resembles an angel with up stretched arms. I did not see any angels, simply because it was too late in the season. I was also disappointed to know that the shortest route to bag both Shavano and Tabaguache (4314m) was closed due to environmental concerns.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Mount Antero

Mount Antero is the 10th highest peak in Colorado and is easily visible from the US285 highway in the Arkansas River Valley. But the mountain has a lot of scars caused by mining activities and road building, so I found it really difficult to appreciate this mountain.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Mount Princeton

Mount Princeton (4327m) is the southernmost and most visible of the Collegiate fourteeners. It rises abruptly out of the Arkansas River Valley and it’s hard to ignore the peak when driving on US285. But it can be a real challenge to find the well-hidden trailhead…

Monday, August 29, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Mount Yale

Mount Yale, like most Sawatch fourteeners, rises abruptly from its surrounding valleys. No matter how you tackle Yale, the peak will test your legs. Besides it turned out to be a very painful experience for me because of an injury in my left leg/knee.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Democrat, Lincoln and Bross

These friendly peaks are close to Breckenridge and nowhere else in Colorado can you get so many 14’ers for so little effort. The Lincoln combination, also called The Decalibron, is a perfect ring around the cirque to bag three official 14’ers in addition to one named but not ranked 14’er (Mount Cameron).

Saturday, August 27, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak is 10 kilometres south of Breckenridge in Colorado, and it’s the Tenmile Range’s unquestionable monarch. I was planning to do a technical route on this peak, but ended up doing the crowded and straightforward normal route.

Friday, August 26, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Evans and Bierstadt

Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt proximity to Denver, makes them exceedingly popular. To simply get away from the crowds, I opted for the seldom climbed east ridge of Mt. Bierstadt, followed by the famous (and more crowded) Sawtooth-traverse to Mt. Evans.

Thursday, August 25, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Tibet: Biking to Everest BC

We had some strenuous days on our bikes to reach Everest Basecamp, sometimes in heavy monsoon rain. But when we awoke in BC and the sun was shining from a cloudless sky, we finally understood why we voluntarily had put ourselves through all these efforts to see Mount Everest. Simply because it’s there... (Norwegian language only)

Friday, July 29, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Tibet: Gyantse and Shigatse

Gyantse and Shigatse are two very interesting cities on Southern Friendship Highway in Tibet. We spent some days in both places wandering around in beautiful monasteries and admiring the breathtaking view from the fortress in Gyantse.

Monday, July 18, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Tibet: Southern Friendship Highway

Southern Friendship Highway between Lhasa and Gyantse was probably the highlight of our entire journey. We cycled through picturesque valleys, challenged high passes and camped next to a holy lake. The Tibetan people, however, are very annoying on this particular area.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Tibetan culture

Jardar Valand has written a very personal account of his meeting with the Tibetan people and culture (Norwegian language only).

Monday, July 11, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Arrival in Lhasa

After 22 days of living in a tent and about 1450 km on the seats of our bikes, we arrived in Lhasa on July 5th.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Tibet: Towards Lhasa

Eric Mortensen has written a report about our journey towards Lhasa in Tibet. You can read it on his blog Full Rulle (Norwegian language only).

Thursday, July 07, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Into Tibet without permits

We are anxious each time we approach one of the three major checkpoints between Golmud and Lhasa. Will the police stop us and send us back to Golmud or do we manage to sneak into Tibet without any permits? (this article is in Norwegian language only)

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

China: A near catastrophe averted

For a while yesterday evening we were afraid that our whole bike trip to Lhasa was coming to a sudden end. The bolt on Jardar’s rear hub has broken in two. This is a solid steel bolt that was made especially to pull the Bob-cart. We didn’t have a reserve, as none of us thought it would ever break off. But that’s happened.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

China: Halfway there

We’re now in Xining, which is the capitol city of the Qinghai Province in China. This city is approx halfway on our bike journey between Ulan Bator and Kathmandu.

Monday, June 06, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Five days in Hong Kong

It was wonderful to get to Hong Kong! Finally a little of the structure and order we’re used to in the West. Now we could safely cross the streets on green, we were no longer in constant danger of falling into an open manhole, and we could enjoy wandering around in smoke-free public buildings and shopping centres.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 | Posted in , , | Read More »

China: Towards Lanzhou

Eric Mortensen has written a report about our journey towards Lanzhou. You can read on his blog Full Rulle (Norwegian language only).

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

China: From Dashuikeng to Lanzhou

During the last week we have cycled through the muslim province of Ningxia, pitched our tents in a nuclear zone, crossed the Yellow River for the second time and finally arrived the huge city of Lanzhou.

Friday, May 27, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Celebreties in China

I suddenly hear a woman’s voice behind me: "Can I ask you some questions, please?" I turn quickly and see three young Chinese women coming towards me. "Of course", I answer right away, thinking to myself: "Wow, somebody I can finally talk to in English, and girls at that!"

Friday, May 20, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

China: From hell to heaven

We had just left the marvellous but crowded city of Pingyao in China and we looked forward to move westwards into a rural and mountainous valley. But we were terrible wrong. We had to cycle in pollution and misery for two lengthy days before we finally reached heaven on the other side of the Yellow River. (this article is in Norwegian language only)

Sunday, May 15, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Into central China

Eric Mortensen has written a report about our journey towards central China. You can read it on his blog Full Rulle (Norwegian language only).

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Along the Chinese roads

From Jining and southwards the map mainly said continusly habitation. Thus we met a lot of Chinese people here, mostly of them only staring at us. When we arrived the big cities of Datong and Taiyuan, we could also enjoy all the "western" pleasures, like hamburgers and hotels with hot showers....

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

China: You will be fined!

We had not been many days on our bikes in China before some police officers stopped us enroute to Jining. To our surprise we were caught in an unopen area, which required an alien travel permit. How could we know....

Monday, May 09, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

China: Across the border at last

Could we bring our bikes into China? That was the big question when we arrived the border between Mongolia and China. It was four nervous guys who woke up in the morning preparing for the challenging border crossing and chinese buraucracy.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 | Posted in , , , , | Read More »

Gobi: Lucky once again

The biking in Gobi continues in strong tailwinds. But we encounter some problems as well. Our fuel bottles get stolen by some childrens in a village. We also take a wrong road in the desert with scarce water supplies, leaving some of us very thirsty for a whole day.

Saturday, April 30, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Gobi Desert

Eric Mortensen has written a report about our journey in the Gobi-desert. You can read it on his blog Full Rulle (Norwegian language only).

Monday, April 25, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Gobi: Rescued from a sandstorm

20th of April 2005: We are in the middle of a devastating sandstorm approx 20 kilometres south of Saynshand in Mongolia.
-This is very bad; we have to find a shelter, one of us shouts.

Sunday, April 24, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Gobi: The road no one knew was there

We were supposed to bike on gravel and sand in the entire Gobi desert. So we were rather surprised to see a paved road there. We kept on wondering when the brand new road was going to end.

Monday, April 18, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Ulan Bator: Super lucky

"You are a very lucky man! Very lucky! Super-lucky!"
We are sitting in the car together with Kim, who is the owner and manager of UB Guesthouse in Ulan Bator, the capitol of Mongolia. Kim is a talkative South Korean who has been living in Mongolia for ten years. Just moments ago we were in a desperate state of searching around at the airport, and we had a great deal of luck to find one of our bags that was left behind (e.g. forgotten) when our plane arrived Ulan Bator earlier this morning.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Mongolia: We did not escape the cold

Problems at Moscow Airport, a forgotten bag at Ulan Bator Airport, cold weather, anti-China demonstrations and one day of snow. This was some of the things that happened when we kicked off the bike-expedition in Mongolia.

Saturday, April 09, 2005 | Posted in , , , | Read More »

Biking in the Himalayas

In March/April 2005 I will travel to Asia together with 3 other guys from Norway. We are planning to go bi-cycling from Ulan Bator to Kathmandu, a journey of 6000km through stunning landscape in Mongolia, China, Tibet and Nepal. The bike trip will take 4-5 months, and we will spend most of the nights in our tents, except from the more populated areas of China, where we can stay in guesthouses along the road and eat delicious Chinese food.

The cycling route from Ulan Bator to Kathmandu

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 | Posted in , , , , , | Read More »


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