Shenzhen Mountaineer Returns After Successfully Climbing Broad Peak
Mountaineer Zhang Liang returned to Shenzhen after successfully climbing to the top of Broad Peak the 12th highest mountain in the world. This will be Zhang’s eighth time to reach a top of a snow capped mountain that is more than 8,000 meters above sea level. Last May Zhang also successfully climbed Makalu Peak, the fifth highest mountain in the world that is found on the border of China and Nepal.
Zhang describes his Broad Peak Climb as challenging with full of twists and turns. He said that the ascent to the peak was stopped three times as their guide refused to continue forcing them to return to base camp. There was also a point when several guides left and Zhang had to wait for new guides to come and replaced the ones that left. On every failed attempt Zhang felt like giving up, and almost every day they had to persuade their guides to go forward.
Apart from guide problems, the vertical cliffs, ice cracks and thigh thick snow proved a challenge to Zhang’s physical strength. But because of his experience and training, Zhang was able to reach the top of the Broad Peak after 22 hours of grueling climb.
Zhang also planned to climb the 8,034 meter Gasherbrum II after conquering Broad Peak but had to cancel because of weather, gigantic ice cracks and other factors.