Mick Fowler and Vic Saunders are making final preparations for their latest Himalayan expedition, continuing their successful climbing partnership reunion of 2016. The trip was originally planned for the autumn of 2017, but was delayed by Mick’s cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Mick and Vic will now head out at the end of March to attempt an unclimbed 6,000m peak. The expedition is being sponsored by Berghaus, and Mick and Vic will use the brand’s latest technical clothing and equipment. In addition, Mick is also working with medical company Coloplast to develop a new colostomy bag, for use during high altitude climbing.
In 2016, almost 30 years after they last climbed together, Mick Fowler and Vic Saunders teamed up to achieve a first ascent on the north face of Sersank in the Indian Himalaya. Keen to continue the reunion, Mick and Vic agreed to attempt another striking 6,000m peak in 2017, but plans were interrupted when Mick was diagnosed with cancer of the anus. Treatment followed in 2018, involving the removal of Mick’s anus, rectum and surrounding area. He has since rebuilt his fitness, while also addressing how he can continue to embark on expeditions to remote Himalayan peaks with the additional challenge of needing to use a colostomy bag.
Mick Fowler and Vic Saunders will leave the UK at the end of March and anticipate that their alpine style climb will take place during the second week of April, with the two men returning to the UK at the end of the month. They will both use the latest kit from the Berghaus Extrem collection. Full details of the expedition will be posted on www.berghaus.com once the team departs for the Himalaya, and updates will be shared via @officialberghaus on Instagram. The story of Mick’s cancer diagnosis and successful treatment can be read in a series of candid blogs at https://bit.ly/2GNNIYK.