How to mount a mountaineering expedition with a small team
By Patrick van Hornen,Patrick Horno,Pavo Al Horno and Pernil al HornoThis story is part of our ‘mountaineering: the next frontier’ series, published by The Times Of India.
The following is an excerpt from ‘Mountaineering’ by Patrick Van Hornen (published by The Indian Express):The mountaineers are always out on the mountain looking for the next big climb.
We’ve been in the Himalayas for 30 years now and have a mountain of mountains to conquer.
We know how to climb and climb fast.
We understand that our body can handle the exertion.
We are the fastest climbers in the world, with an average of 5km per hour.
Our bodies are strong and we are the best at endurance and recovery.
In a mountaintop, we’re on top of a mountain that is over 1,500 metres high.
We don’t have to worry about the steepness or the fatigue.
The only difference between us and the other mountaineurs is that we’re not in an office and we’re in a tent.
I am not a mountainologist, but the mountaineer is, and the mountainer doesn’t have a clue about the other kind of climber.
Our problem is, most of the time, we are just the mountie, and we can only be in the right place at the right time.
Our team is composed of five men, and they come from different backgrounds.
We all came to Mount Everest in a team and the idea was to work together.
The mountaineered profession has always been a team sport.
A team leader is responsible for guiding a team to a summit.
There are three things that we have to do to be successful.
We have to be prepared for any situation, and our bodies are ready for it.
For example, the first thing you have to prepare for is the descent.
For me, the second was a long day of training.
I started off at 8am and had to get up by 5pm to climb a kilometre in five hours.
I then spent the rest of the day in a sauna, eating chicken kachuma and drinking a lot of water.
When you climb the mountain, you have all kinds of gear.
We wear the same clothes.
We also have our own tent, which we can use in the snow, and it’s very nice.
But in the winter, it gets really cold and we don’t want to leave it at all.
The third thing is to climb.
It’s very important that the team stays together, because we can’t have any problems and nobody is safe.
We can be isolated at any point.
We work together on every climb.
The biggest mistake a team can make is to fall asleep on a climb.
After we climb, we have a chat, and then we work hard to get back to the team.
In my experience, we were the only team that didn’t sleep on a long climb.
Our motto is: Always follow the leader, but never forget who is the leader.
In the beginning, I think that we were like the leader in our team.
The team has a very good team spirit, and everyone is doing his or her best.
The Himalayans are very rugged and they are always on the lookout for new routes.
For us, there are many new routes in the mountains, and there are always new challenges for us.
We usually go up in groups, and when we get to a new area, we make a list of routes we are going to do, and if there is something we haven’t done before, we send out a message and say, “We can’t do it.”
So we try to follow the list.
I was doing the K2 route when we reached K2 in April 2015.
We did a few days of training and then did a bit of climbing in a few hours.
We were in a very hard position and it took a lot for us to come back.
I think there are two kinds of mountaineergems.
One is the one who is very good at climbing, and he is a mountie.
He is always in the top 10 of the climbing rankings.
The other type is the guy who has a great sense of adventure and wants to do things new.
I believe in the second type of mountie: the one that likes to try things out, that has a passion for climbing and that loves to challenge himself.
This is a very dangerous thing, because if you fall, you don’t get back.
The problem is that the first time you climb something, you are going into a new environment.
You have no idea how you will get back and you don,t know what you are doing.
We always try to be a bit more experienced than most people.
I have to say that the