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Billi Bierling Germany summits Manaslu. Her first without O2 and her first with Valandre!

Billi Bierling summits Manaslu. Her first without O2, and her first with Valandre

Billi Bierling - Germany


“Billli, where exactly are you?” Russell called me over the radio. “I am about 10 minutes away from the real summit,” I replied from the point everyone calls the “rock tower”. I had been climbing for exactly eight hours and as Russell was determined that I should make it back down to Camp II after the summit, he wanted me to hurry up. Most of my climbing mates, who had been using supplementary oxygen, had already made it back down to Camp IV, where they were re-hydrating and getting ready to descend to the safer altitudes of Camp II. “I am already on my way down to base camp,” I heard Herbert say over the radio, who probably could not wait to get some proper food after hardly having eaten for three days.


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8th August 2011 – International K2 Expedition to the North Pillar of K2

Brief Update 8th August 2011 :

After an exhausting ascent and a lot of fixing work, the K2 team spent two nights at around 8,000m, which was necessary due to the constant snowfall (about 30cm). They are currently trying to get back to Camp III and then to base camp, where they are planning to rest for a few days. We are expecting the next detailed newsletter by midweek.

Warm Regards

Gerlinde Ralf and the whole team

© TEXT G.Kaltenbrunner/R.Dujmovits; TRANSLATION: Elke Luginsland

Darek Zaluski in CII on the North Pillar of K2, testing the GOLD awarded Immelman jacket.

Camp II – Darek Zaluski (Poland)

Darek Zaluski in CII on the North Pillar of K2

Testing the GOLD awarded Immelman jacket.

Before we depart for our expedition to K2 | Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner & Ralf Dujmovits


Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Ralf Dujmovits

Dear Friends

I would like to give you a brief update before we depart for our expedition to K2. On Monday, we were finally able to send our cargo, which was a lot more than usual, as we do not have any stored gear in China.

When I wrote my last newsletter, it was not certain whether our friends from Kazakhstan would join us, so I am now even more than happy to tell you that they will be part of our expedition. Our team is now complete.


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Bloody mary | Valandre | Sleeping bags


Valandre Bloody Mary - Down sleeping bag

Bloody mary | Valandre | Down Sleeping bags

Valandre | Down Sleeping bags | Description :

Valandré introduces a three-season sleeping bag that exceeds the performance of all other three-season bags on the market: the Bloody Mary. Featuring Valandré’s Tubular Bell construction, an interchangeable collar system, and the world’s best French Fat Grey Goose down, the Bloody Mary will take you across three seasons in amazing comfort.

At the heart of the Bloody Mary is an interchangeable collar system. Three different levels of thermal protection are a zipper pull away. When the temperature is dropping fast, zip in the heaviest of the collars and feel the snug warmth that is sealed in the main body section. Meanwhile, the hood envelopes your head with a perfect layer of insulation. As conditions lighten, zip out the heavy collar and put in the mid-weight collar. This collar rests gently on you neck, providing some ventilation while holding most of your warmth in the bag. And finally, as summer is in full swing, don’t get a lighter bag, just leave the collars at home, open the main zipper for full ventilation, and extremely flexible comfort.

If the collar system is the heart of the Bloody Mary, the French Fat Grey Goose down is the muscle. Valandré only uses down from the French Fat Grey Goose, a bird capable of migrating at 30,000 feet (10.000m) in -60°F (-50°C) temperatures for days on end. The down is harvested right before the traditional migration time, when it is fresh, clean and at its plumpest. Then, Valandré selects only the lightest down and fills each compartment with just the right amount.

The foundation that all of Valandré’s sleeping bags are built on is our Tubular Bell construction method. Each Bloody Mary is made from 83 individually cut panels and baffles tailored to fit perfectly around the human form. And when these compartments are filled with the French Fat Grey Goose down, they actually lift off of your body as the bag warms up. This isn’t just a container for the down, it is a technological marvel with all components working in harmony to provide the best warmth-to-weight ratio in the industry.

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Elisabeth Revol | voie du chourum olympique

Elisabeth Revol Blog :

Je ne vous fais pas souvent partager mes sorties de ski de rando…, pourtant les ambiances y sont quelques fois « mythiques ». Je vous laisse découvrir un des joyaux du Dévoluy…


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