GORE-TEX Experience Tour: Expedition Camp in the Alps with Ralf Dujmovits

An expedition to the higher mountain ranges of the world is a dream which often remains unrealized. Young climbers now have an opportunity to improve their skills and gain real experience of a high-alpine expedition, even if it’s not in the Himalayas. From June 10th to 14th, 2011 Gore will be inviting eight young mountaineers to a base camp high up in the Stubai Alps.

The plan: An expedition at time-lapse speed in the high mountains of the Stubai Alps, with all that goes with it, including the walk-in, setting up base camp, ascent to high camp and summit with fixed-rope protection. This will naturally all take place on glaciated terrain. The air pressure at 3,000 metres might not quite be comparable to an eight-thousander and the timeframe is shorter than a full expedition. Nevertheless, participants have a real challenge awaiting them. The five-day expedition, without acclimatization, at over 3,000 metres will be a real mountaineering challenge.

The expedition leaders Ralf Dujmovits and Hajo Netzer will be on hand for guidance and advice. Ralf has already climbed all fourteen 8,000 metre peaks, many of them together with his wife, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner. All in all, he has been on more than twenty successful expeditions at 8,000 metres above sea level. Hajo has also climbed four eight-thousanders. Like Ralf, he is a certified mountain guide and an experienced expedition leader. In addition, he is a trainer for high-altitude medicine and a member of the German mountain guide training team. They don’t come more experienced than that!

You can find more information about the Expedition Camp and apply online on the GORE-TEX Experience Tour website starting on april 11th. The project is aimed at all ambitious climbers over 16 years of age, who have little or no experience on glaciated mountains.

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