Babanov reports from Nuptse base camp:
Oct 11th, 2003 During our
last break-out we completed work at the tower. However, dirty weather
prevented us from realizing our plans and pitching the highest camp at
7000 m. Tomorrow (October 12) we’ll go off again and we still hope to fix
the camp. Weather is fine now. We are safe and sound and if we do
everything tomorrow, we’ll attempt a summit during our next getting out.
Americans are going out
tomorrow too. They are still at 6000 m (British route). Our kindest regards to
all who think of us!"
P.S. Just now a support team
(friends of Valera and mine) from Switzerland is approaching the base camp.
Valera asked them to `keep connection alive’ during the final bid. They’ll
have radios and will keep us informed too. So we hope to get cool news after
the team takes-off, but not to wait several days as it was last time.
Oct 6th, 2003 Greetings to
Yesterday we retuned to our
base camp after a 4-day breakout. We’ve pitched an advanced camp at 6200 m and
reached 6450 m altitude. Most of the tower is climbed already -– not so bad
for the beginning.
All these days weather was
merciful to us. Our next outgo is planned for October 8 and it should take
about 4-5 days. We hope to complete our work at the tower and to climb up to
6900-7000 m. It is important for our acclimatization.
Each day the sun changes
shape of the South Face. Snow transforms from pasty to powder and both of the
states are not very exciting. Our American colleagues Fabriccio and Billy face
the similar problem on their British route now.
Today I visited nearby
Chukung village where I bought some more rope and snow stakes for belaying.
Our base camp was examined by Namche Bazaar eco-inspectors today. It was Ok
with environment so there were no claims to us. That’s how we live here.
Our best regards, Valera and
The South Face of Nuptse, base camp
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