Jost Kobusch a young extreme mountaineer wants to climb over the 8000 meters altitude mark… without an oxygen supply … on his own.
He dreams of leaving for the unknown and constantly faces new challenges. The 27-year-old is one of the most famous solo extreme mountaineers in Germany. Among other things, he climbed the Annapurna I (8091m) and the Nangpai Gosum II (7296m). The latter even as first.
Jost prefers soloing his tours, with minimalist equipment and no extra oxygen in winter.
„If I know it works, it’s boring“
If no one else is on the mountain, he’s off. His next goal is to climb Mount Everest (8848m) in the cold season.
That has not been dared by climbers for more than 25 years.
On 22.09.2019 he started his project. He uses the first 3 months to acclimatize in preparation for his expedition starting with the calendar winter. He also wants to climb a peak of 6000 and 7000m altitude in advance.
As is typical for Jost Kobusch, he will solo the challenging route of Hornbein Couloir and without additional oxygen.
Some will ask the question, what drives you to go into such a dangerous situation? For Jost, the idea is to try something you can not be sure if it succeeds. His goals are set very high, so he can strive for them for a long time. His dream is to climb Everest under extravagant conditions. His solution strategy is time.
The young athlete has his goal firmly in mind but does not expect to make it on the first try. Every step forward brings him closer to his goals.
„I do not fail. I just have not made it yet. Be active, but not dogged. For me, time is the key to success. Because the goal is Everest and there is no better training than trying the goal itself.“
JJost sees himself as a child in the largest playground ever. He wants to try and test his limits. But the most important thing for him is that he has fun by doing it. In his eyes, the playful elements of the mountains unfold energy and give him a driving motivation.
„At the end of the day, you’re just climbing onto some meaningless, ice-covered heap of stones. That’s why you have to give meaning to your project itself. Actually, it’s about giving your life a direction in a way you will not regret anything.“