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Manaslu 2003 featuring Dan Mazur: Dispatch Index

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Manaslu, at 8163 meters, is the eighth highest peak in the world. It is located in the west-central part of Nepal, and our team will climb it by the original route. We will be climbing during the "spring" or " pre-monsoon" season, when the hazards of weather and snow and avalanche are traditionally at their lowest. 

Dan has just finish his Pumori expedition and will is headed to Manaslu, see here for this last dispatch from the Pumori expedition.

Dispatch One: Well, Dan and Lakpa and Shera made it to Manaslu basecamp in the sunshine. Its a very tough walk up here from Samagaon, where the helicopter landed. Its great to be here, and now our Manaslu team is united! Tomorrow morning we plan to go to camp 1. Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Two: "WOW, WHAT A NIGHT (19th April). Earlier in the day we had climbed up about a thousand feet through the steep ice fall above Camp 1 (located at 19,000ft.). On the climb up we found several dragon flies that had been blown from the warm climate below up onto the ice fall. Later that night we got to ride out the same storm that had brought the dragon flies from so far away. At around noon, we noticed the weather coming in fast and began to rappel down the fixed lines to our tents. By nightfall we were in a full-on Himalayan storm. Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Three: Well, today was an eventful day, with quite a few weather changes throughout the day. It started out snowing very hard in the morning, and then became hot and was still snowing, then in the late afternoon the weather cleared 90% and we were able to see the mountain and surrounding environs clearly for the first time since yesterday morning. Repairs to our basecamp are complete and we faired pretty well overall, only losing a few tents in two night's ago's storm.... Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Four: 4/27/2003: After another small storm last night, this morning brought well-appreciated sunshine (great for doing laundry and teaching Sherpas to ski). However, at the moment it looks like another big storm is moving in from Tibet. The other part of our team, which arrived two weeks before us has been here longer than any of the teams on the Mt. and are up at Camp 2 waiting to move up to High Camp and then hopefully for a summit bid. Arnold Coster is climbing on that team, and if he summits he will be the first Dutch national to summit Manaslu. Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Five: During the last steep section we were hit by a number of small avalanches, however, one significant slide took Jeff for the ride of his life. Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Six: This is a dispatch from Bruce Gierszal...Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Seven: Round Two clearly goes to Manaslu. Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Eight: We wanted to mention some interesting news that Arnold Coster has a good chance of being the first Dutch person to reach the summit of Manaslu, with the weather getting better now... Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Nine: May 12th, Dear EverestNews.com, This is Wil Seelye writing from the Manaslu expedition: Today dawned bright and clear, Jeff, Shane, Taylor, Arnold (trying to me the first Dutch person to reach the summit of Manaslu), and Bruce left camp #1 early heading for camp #2. The Sherpas are ahead of them and are searching for the equipment cache that is between camp #1 and camp #2, so far no luck. Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch Ten: We are just back in basecamp after a long period of very challenging and exciting climbing out on the mountain. Sorry its been so long since we have written. We have a huge story to tell... Check here for the full dispatch.

Dispatch 11: I just made the Kathmandu - Bangkok flight by a few hectic minutes. It wasn't looking that good at 10:30 am this morning, Check here for the full dispatch.


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