Preparing for Tibet
Arc'athlete Luka Lindič is embarking on a climbing expedition in Tibet this month, and wanted to share some highlights from his preparation.
"After two years of climbing mostly in the Alps, I am again hungry for some action in the Himalayas. We currently have a Slovenian national team of six young alpinists, led by our mentor, Marko Prezelj. Our main goal for this year is an expedition to Tibet. In September, we are going to set up a base camp on the south side of Phola Gangchen (7,661m), a neighbor of Shisha Pangma. The unclimbed south face of Phola Gangchen looks really challenging – an objective that gave me lots of training motivation.
But how to prepare yourself for a climb like this? Well, it's different for each individual. For me, it's far from being locked in a training room. You definitely need to be physically strong, but I'm sure that feeling comfortable on big mountains is at least as important. So in this case, spending plenty of time in the mountains is as essential for me as endurance training.
Once you are fit and feel comfortable you start to move fluidly over tricky terrain. This is when I know that I'm ready. After lots of climbing through the year, I also did quite a lot of soloing. You dictate your own tempo and this is what I like the most. At the beginning of August, I soloed the Peuterey Integrale ridge on Mont Blanc. Despite climbing the route for the first time, I moved very fluidly the whole way. This ascent gave me a full range of training – many meters of climbing on various terrain, route finding, and taking small decisions all the time offers you the right conditions to really test yourself. At the summit of Mont Blanc I felt perfect."
We wish Luka and his crew all the best on their expedition. We'll be posting updates here and on our Facebook page.