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 Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)

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PostSubject: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:43 pm

In 2010, a friend and I made a plan to climb the 17,703-ft Haba Mountain with our two dogs: Polar and his Saint Bernard. It's an easy mountain from a mountaineering perspective, nothing technical, mostly just a snow slog to the top. Preparations were made, research were done, and I felt pretty confident that we can safely bring the dogs up and back. So we packed up all of our gear and headed out.

Because of a landslide that blocked the southern roadway, we had to drive all the way around the mountain and enter from the north, which turned the drive into a two-day trip. By the time we got to the village at the base of the mountain (elevation around 7800 ft), the weather was misty and rainy, it wasn't looking too promising. But we decided to hike up to basecamp anyway and see if we can get a weather window.

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The basecamp was at 13,400 ft. Weather didn't improve when we got to basecamp, in fact it steadily got worse as the day went on. The dogs were soaked (RW raincoat doesn't do much when it rains all day). We made camp, ate dinner, set the alarm for 3 am, and went to sleep.
































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The alarm went off at 3 am, I listened to the heavy rainfall tapping on my tent for just a few secs, and went right back to sleep. The weather was not good, it was a no-go. We had agreed last night if the weather is bad, we will wait one more day at basecamp for better weather. So we did. By the afternoon the rain stopped, cloud drifted away, and we got our first clear view of the big slab we have to climb on the way to the summit.

















Day 3:
We woke up at 3 am again, and this time, there was no sound of rain. We got the climbing gear ready and headed up. Normally, people just climb this mountain with just ice axe and crampons. But since we had two dogs with us, we decided to play it safe and brought helmets, harnesses, and a 60m rope in case we need to belay. We started out in pitch black, so there weren't any photos of the climb until we got above snowline. The sun came up, but visibility never improved.


































The summit! You can see "5396" (5396 meters = 17,703 ft) written vertically on the summit post.
























When we got back to basecamp we still had a lot of time left in the day, so we decided to pack up and head all the way down the mountain.














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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:49 pm

Great pictures.. love the dogs both of them look like they had a good time.
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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:28 am

Great pics!! Love the rainbow one!
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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:21 am

Love your pictures and love the adventures of Polar and yourself.

Damn anyone that climbs with a Husky and St. Bernard can't be all bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:38 am

Holy crap that's some gain! I can't imagine 10k all on one hill. Spoiled by starting my drive at 5,000 feet. Heh.

Incredible journey.
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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:00 am

I love this. I can't even imagine 17,000 ft. That's incredible. Utah's highest peak is a measly 13,528 feet...
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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:52 am

So jealous!! Looks like an awesome trek!
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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:16 pm

wow that is awesome! That is soooo high! I love the pictures! The St. Bernard yours? I love the st. Brenards! You know what a lot of other malamute owners have them. I wonder what it is!
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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:25 pm

That looks like an awesome trip! I can't wait to be in a position to take Ghost hiking like that, but I guess a trip to Alaska is in order to get that kind of elevation Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:47 pm

@harrise wrote:
Holy crap that's some gain! I can't imagine 10k all on one hill. Spoiled by starting my drive at 5,000 feet. Heh.

Incredible journey.

@rileyflorence wrote:
I love this. I can't even imagine 17,000 ft. That's incredible. Utah's highest peak is a measly 13,528 feet...

@blueeyedghost wrote:
That looks like an awesome trip! I can't wait to be in a position to take Ghost hiking like that, but I guess a trip to Alaska is in order to get that kind of elevation Cool

That's the nice thing about living in Asia, there are a lot of really high mountains. The photo below is Muztagh Ata, a 24,636 ft mountain in northwest China. It is also an easy mountain to climb, save for its altitude. I snapped this photo when I was guiding a group on a trekking trip around the base of the mountain, too bad Polar wasn't with me on that trip. If I had my own transportation when I was living in China, I'd seriously consider taking Polar up this thing.

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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:49 pm

@norbreedslove wrote:
wow that is awesome! That is soooo high! I love the pictures! The St. Bernard yours? I love the st. Brenards! You know what a lot of other malamute owners have them. I wonder what it is!

The Saint Bernard belongs to my friend who Climbed this mountain with me. Polar and this Saint Bernard grew up together, they were best buddies.
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PostSubject: Re: Polar goes mountaineering. Haba Mountain (17,703 ft), Yunnan, China (9/2-9/4, 2010)   Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:06 pm

Thanks for a great trip report.
Love the pix of Polar looking out over the valley.
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