2012 LANXESS Summiteers in China is ready to go
As a part of the ongoing program LANXESS Summiteers in
China, five Chinese mountain climbers arrived in Italy on
February 13 to join Thomas Bubendorfer, one of the world's
best known solo climbers, for an intensive training in Mont
Blanc, which is known for its steep snow slopes, difficult
ice faces and hanging glaciers.
The two-week training on this famous peak of the Alps is
aimed at helping the Chinese climbers to improve their
climbing skills, safety techniques, and at the same time
make preparations for a daunting climbing task that some of
them will take in the World Roof Tibet two months
The training marks the start of the 2012 program of this
joint summiteers project. Exclusively sponsored by LANXESS,
the two-year project has brought together the best climbers
from China and Europe to jointly summit some of the most
demanding mountains in Tibet. And before each expedition,
trainings are organized in the Alps.
Last year, the joint team successfully scaled two unclimbed
mountains in Tibet, both of which are above 6,000 meters.
And this year, they planned to summit another unclimbed
Tibetan mountain that is even more demanding.
"It is our honor to be able to support such an exciting and
meaningful program that builds bridges for intercultural
exchange and enhances the friendship between China and
Europe," said Martin Kraemer, CEO of LANXESS Greater
According to Bubendorfer and his team of safety experts,
the current training will focus on mountain climbing skills
such as rescue from crevasses, judging snow conditions,
avoiding avalanches, as well as safety techniques when
climbing in teams. "Improving climbing skills will also be
part of the training, but the main focus lies on safety,"
said Bubendorfer. "Only by improving the safety techniques,
can the sport of mountaineering be driven forward."
Among the five Chinese climbers joining the training, two
are university students. Both are active members of their
universities' mountain clubs. The other three are all
veteran mountain climbers including two from China Mountain
Association (CMA) and one from Beijing Extreme Experience.
Li Fuqing, from CMA, is the one who escorted the Olympic
Torch onto the top of Mountain Everest in 2008.
During the two weeks, Chinese climbers will learn to
improve the use of modern climbing safety standards on high
mountains and in exposed terrain, in snow and frozen
waterfalls. They will also learn Bubendorfer's scientific
physical training courses, as well as to gain an insight
into some of the latest technical equipment.
"I was thrilled when I received the invitation to
participate LANXESS Summiteers in China," said Yao Yuanhua,
one of the participating climbers. "I can't wait to take
the training with all these top mountain climbers
especially with Thomas Bubendorfer. He is such an
experienced technical climber. I am also keen to improve my
safety techniques like how to read the clues when a
snowpack is unstable as well as clues to weather and
The program is in close cooperation with China Mountain
Association (CMA). Wang Yongfeng, the most renowned Chinese
mountain climber, also the captain of China National
Mountaineering Team, has given his full support to it.
Intercultural involvement has long been an important part
of LANXESS corporate responsibility. The specialty
chemicals company, with its premium products, is playing an
increasingly important role also in the sports equipment
market. Its high performance rubbers and high-tech
polyamides are used in producing mountaineering gear and
equipment such as clothing, boots and ropes.