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Dereferenced summits MANASLU - 8,163m

Post by I Man » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:26 pm

Early this morning local time - around 9am on September 27th, 2019 Peter Hamel aka "Dereferenced" reach the summit of the world's 8th highest mountain, Manaslu (8,163m / 26,759ft).

Peter has long been my main climbing partner and one of my closest friends. I think his wife would complain that she has to share him!

This was his 3rd attempt to reach the summit of an 8000er. In the spring of 2015 his climb of Cho Oyo was cancelled due to the earthquake.
In the summer of 2017, the two of us reached 25,000ft on Broad Peak in Pakistan before turning back.
Finally, he reached his dream of summitting an 8000er, in good style - solo, unsupported and without oxygen.

Peter is one of the hardest working, dedicated mountaineers I have ever met. It is has been a privilege to climb with him and learn from him. I would not be the climber I am today without countless hours of his guidance and patience. He is extremely talented and deserving this incredible accomplishment.
He never compromised on style, and put in the work required to truly climb the mountain, despite the modern culture on 8000ers.

Pur first climb together was Capitol Peak in June of 2012.
We then did our first major big mountain trip together in July 2012 - Rainer's Liberty Ridge.
Our last major trip was Broad Peak. In between we traveled to South America, to Alaska many times, and all over North America.

CONGRATULATIONS PETER!!! JOB WELL DONE!!!
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Re: Dereferenced summits MANASLU - 8,163m

Post by TomPierce » Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:04 pm

That's great to hear, Matt. Is he down safely or still on the mountain? Congrats to him!

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Post by desertdog » Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:13 pm

Congrats Peter! Huge accomplishment, especially having the discipline and guts to make multiple attempts without giving up. Safe travels home!
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Post by AndYouSeeMe » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:21 am

Congrats to you Peter! Amazing accomplishment.
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Post by astrobassman » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:34 am

Congrats Peter, can't wait to hear about it
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Post by jbchalk » Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:48 am

Awesome Matt! Congrats to Peter. Good things come to those who wait
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Re: Dereferenced summits MANASLU - 8,163m

Post by 14erFred » Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:38 pm

Great work in summiting Makalu, Matt! So cool to see you pull off this coveted ascent! =D> =D> =D>
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Re: Dereferenced summits MANASLU - 8,163m

Post by I Man » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:25 am

14erFred wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:38 pm
Great work in summiting Makalu, Matt! So cool to see you pull off this coveted ascent! =D> =D> =D>
Manasalu, not Makalu and it wasn't me! I have been comfortably working at a desk in New York City while Peter climbs!
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Post by kushrocks » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:10 pm

Hell yes Peter! I am glad my idea of going all the way back down to rest and recover scared you enough to keep going and get it done with! Bad ass buddy. I can't wait to grab beers with you when you get back! Its been great getting to know you as a climber and friend. Hopefully we will share a summit of an 8k together someday!
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Post by Scott P » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:17 pm

Hopefully there will be a trip report. I'd really like to hear the story.
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Post by dereferenced » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:04 am

9 AM? I started late and summited after noon. Same way I climb 14ers.
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Post by Broken Knee » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:00 am

I hope you put up a TR and some photos, Peter. Incredible achievement.
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