Aditya Kulkarni, a former Gipfel staff member (now pursuing further studies) was a member of a medical expedition led by the Indian Mountain Foundation to the top of Mt. Satopanth (7,075 meters) located in Garhwal Himalayas. He was using our first version of Saltoro harness and Alpine helmet. Here is an excerpt of his experience. Safety is our topmost priority and we work hard to maintain it. Reviews like these motivate us to aim for something that looked like a task too far fetched in the start.
Hi team Gipfel,
When you are already at a height of 7000m you don’t want to hang literally, well that’s what happened to me while climbing Mt. Satopanth in Gangotri region. I was returning from the summit, and as it was a knife ridge we all had to be on the fixed rope. I was completely exhausted after the summit (we had been walking for almost 12 hrs). It was a little foggy, due to which the visibility was very less.
The knife ridge of Mt. Satopanth is very dangerous and the crux of the mountain has a direct exposure of 6000 feet into open crevasses. I could clearly see that once I fell into it thats the end’of it all. Yeah …I was moving and I could see a place to put a single foot and as soon as I put my body weight on it, the snow lost its integrity due to sunlight and took me down with it. The first thing I saw was that my anchors didn’t come out due to my load. Then I checked my harness, and it was holding me still without any discomfort. I didn’t look down, I started front pointing but couldn’t, as there were layers of snow which were sliding with every step. I somehow managed to come on the route using side edging.
I was wearing Saltoro harness at that time, and yeah I trust the strength of it.
Gipfel : You can rely on it.
The knife ridge is visible in the middle of this picture