Mountaineers' training with Skillrun and Excite Climb
The goal of this month's training is to achieve good acclimatization up to 6400 mt. In this phase, the researchers have brought the chamber up to 8000 m and beyond: the possibility of changing the temperature has allowed them to observe the adaptation of the body to the cold. Simone and Tamara are constantly monitored by the team of scientists with sensors and tests after each session.
Inside terraXcube, Skillrun and Excite Climb help Simone and Tamara to train with short and intense work blocks, where there is no lack of snow and strong wind to complicate the situation.
Climb simulates the steepest sections when climbing, while Skillrun reproduces the mountain walking modes. Thanks to Climb - explains Tamara - it is possible to replicate any kind of difference in altitude. Both machines are at a pressure of 439, 6 mb. now, says Simone.
Training in such weather conditions will provide researchers with useful data to study the consequences of high altitude on the body and help medical-scientific research. At the moment," explains Tamara, "we still don't know the benefit that the body can have by training at that altitude. Certainly, at those altitudes and with the adverse climate the body is certainly under stress, and the body has to adapt.
Emotions before departure
Simone Moro's models, legends of mountaineering, are Walter Bonatti and Reinhold Messner, but unlike how the undertaking was carried out thirty-five years ago by the South Tyrolean climber, explained Moro to a newspaper in Bergamo, we will try to re-propose this great adventure based on our experience with winter ascents. We will realistically divide the project in two: we will initially attempt the ascent of Gasherbrum I, reached for the first time in winter on 9 March 2012 by Polish mountaineers Adam Bielecki and Janusz Golab (never repeated ascent). The second part will be the ascent of Gasherbrum II starting directly from the pass that separates the two peaks.
Simone and Tamara's undertaking is a leap into the future, an exploration of human limits that also serves science.
It is a way to test the limits of humanity.
Up there it'll just be the two of us. It's gonna take a lot of luck.