BD athletes Renan Ozturk and Cory Richards—Tawoche Video Dispatch #3
Black Diamond athletes Renan Ozturk and Cory Richards are in Nepal for the month of January, attempting a new line on Tawoche, a 6495-meter peak in the Khumbu Himal. Renan and Cory will be sending in video dispatches as the trip progresses. Below is Dispatch #3, written and filmed by Cory and Renan. Dispatch #1 is here. Dispatch #2 is here.
Turn up the RADIO! Coming at you live from 17,000 ft. below the South Central (Gangsta) buttress of Tawoche…
Renan and I are stuffed in a tent, suffering from pounding altitude headaches—this after our 4,300 ft elevation jump yesterday on our final approach to BC comes as little surprise. We have never actually been accused of being the sharpest bowling balls on the shelf… so go figure.
Tawoche in all her glory rises above us another 5,000ft. With the view, comes the all too familiar roller coaster of emotions that precede any alpine endeavor. Balancing fear and intuition, angst and energy, the action vs. the idea…. they all flow into your already pounding cranial vault, leaving you exhausted before you’ve left the ground.
Since our last dispatch, we are one man, one camera, and one crucial lens down. Chhewang accompanied us to BC, but has since descended to Pangboche to wait. One 5D was tragically lost to a windstorm last night, as well the lens attached. Left with merely pieces, I am more than just a little bummed that the culprit time-lapse didn’t even make the cut for the dispatch.
Thanks for hanging with us… while we have no real comms up here, it means a lot to us to know someone might be listening.
c & r