REINHARD KARL A WEST GERMAN NATIONAL, MEMBER OF THE AU??? EXPEDITION 1978 arrived to day?
REINHARD KARL A WEST GERMAN NATIONAL, MEMBER OF THE AU??? EXPEDITION 1978 arrived to day from the base camp of EV??? Karl Reinhard the first German everest summiter, returned 18th May by Helicopter from the base camp after saying "Go??? the glacier and ice.
The 31 year old geography student of University of Heidelberg not intend to back to Himalaya again in immediate future. ??? a rock climber. After the everest I would like to travel a bit....but not on glacier or ice.... but I would like to walk ??? beach" Reinhard told.
Immediately after his arrival here Reinhard had "my first hot waterbath after many days".
Reinhard reached the top of 8848 meter high peak on May 11. He described the climb as not so difficult one.
"I had done more difficult and hard climbs on the Alps. On Everest it was a long walk in higher altitude but it was a strenuous climb. If you are technically good enough then there is no problem," he said.
He said, he went to everest on a photographic assignment. He got the opportunity and "I did (climbed) it".
Reinhard a student of geography in Heidelberg university was hired by German Illustrated Magazine "Ponti" to cover the Austrians assault on the Everest.
"I was in good health and shape through out, but it was the austrian expedition, so I had to wait, after they climbed it I was allowed to go ahead" he said.
Four weeks before he left his home Reinhard said "Never thought even in my dream of climbing the world's highest mountain".
On May 11 Reinhard along with Doctor Oswald Oelz, 35 of Reldkirch left the camp four after spending a night at 7985 meter high south Col.
"When we left south Col at 0530 hrs. in morning we were non not sure whether we should be able to reach the top. We had only two bottles of Oxygen with each of us. It was non not certain whether they would be sufficient enough for us" said 31 year old Reinhard.
The weather was "Clear and good" in the morning but the climbers had to walk on the knee-deep snow, and after three hours continuous climb we reached camp Five. We were a little tired so we took some rest at 8500 meter high camp. After a while we felt that we have the stamina to go to the Top" he said. He said he made most of the route from the south Col." I was stronger but my oxygen apparatus was non working well. I had to breathe with some difficulties. So from 8000 meter high place Doctor Ozlz took the lead. At three meter below the summit he stopped and told me that "since you had done most of trial making job should go first to Summit".
On the summit Reinhard said "We hugged each other".