Diarrhea and Sunstroke in the Kokshaal-Too

Posted on: October 25, 2013

"This big wall must prepare for the impending onslaught of three Belgian climbers and their photographer and cameraman," Evrard Wendenbaum joked on his blog last month. He and partners Nicolas Favresse, Stephane Hannsensand and Sean Villaneuva were preparing for what would be a successful ascent of the Southeast Face of Kyzyl Asker (5842m) in the western Kokshaal-Too range on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan. Over 15-plus frigid days, the four men worked their way up in capsule style by a new direct start to the 2007 Russian route. From their base camp Wendenbaum wrote, "Sean has bad case of diarrhea, Nico has bit of a sunstroke and is vomiting, Stephane has bad headache and Evrard has sore back. So nothing unusual to report really." Perhaps it was the Belgians and their photographer, they must have wondered, who should have prepared for Kyzyl Asker. [Photo] Evrard Wendenbaum

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