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Txikon loses all the material in Camp 3 when an ice slab collapses: “There is not even a safe place”.

Alex Txikon has had to change his plans on Annapurna (8,091 meters). The Basque mountaineer, who started from Camp 2 to Camp 3, had the option of attacking the summit to take advantage of the good weather, but had to turn back when he encountered an unpleasant surprise when he stepped on C3 (6,400 meters).

The deposit of material (stakes, ice screws, 2,000 meters of rope, gas, 3 snowbound tents) that they had moved in previous days had disappeared when one of the ice structures collapsed. “We have lost the entire C3 deposit, and not because of the wind, but because of the collapse of one of the ice structures that has caused the disappearance of practically all the material we had in this camp, except for some coils of rope,” explains Txikon.

This is the second time that we have had to return to Base Camp from C3 feeling well.

Alex Txikon

“The area where the deposit was located in C3 has given way, forming a crack through which all the material has been lost. This is a complex terrain, with a set of seracs that could resemble an icefall. The way Annapurna is at the moment, with no precipitation and very low temperatures, there is no safe place,” says Txikon.

La grieta, en el Campo 3 del Annapurna por la que se desliz贸 el material de la expedici贸n.

The crevasse in Camp 3 of Annapurna through which the expedition’s material slipped.

Before this panorama, the entire expedition has returned to Base Camp. “This is the second time that we have had to return to BC from C3, feeling fine…. But we had no material,” laments Txikon, who now has to assess how the next few days look to plan the next steps to take in his attempt to summit Annapurna in winter.