No mountaineer has been on Mount Everest in winter for more than a quarter of a century, Jost Kobusch - from Bielefeld - doesn't care, he has been thinking about a winter expedition to Everest for several years now, alone and without additional oxygen. Now he wants to put his plan into action from the northwest through the demanding Hornbein Couloir.
"How could you come up with that? Total arrogance," some say; "Daring, but not impossible," others say. He himself says that "even the 8000 mark would be a success". For the acclimatization process, the 27-year-old has been in the Himalayas since September 2019. Shortly before Kobusch set off for his first major milestone within the acclimatization phase, he answered a few questions via Instagram chat and we wrote it down here:
OutDoor Society: You want to tackle Everest in winter. The determined preparation, however, begins now. Are you alone all the time?
Jost Kobusch: I'm acclimatizing now for three months. The first few weeks I was on the road together with my father and sister, we did the Anapurnatrek. Right now I am in a lodge in Koto and will attack an unclimbed 6000m, the Amotsang (6393m). Now I have two porters. They'll unload my luggage at a point where I'll set up base camp. Then I'll be alone. I've got one or two good books, a little music. I downloaded a few episodes of Suits from Netflix to my mobile phone, but not too many. In the end it will be used up very quickly and then I will deliberate a lot, but only in base camp.