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Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002

March 23-27, 2002

March 28, 2002

Monday, April 1, 2002

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Tuesday, April 2-4, 2002

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April 5, 6 and 8

Tuesday, April 9, 2002: I spoke with Mountain Link Expedition Leader Robert Link, Tuesday April 9th at 6 pm PST. It was 6 am Nepal time. He said they spent the night in Hidden Valley.

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Pictures from April 14th

Dispatches April 15-17, 2002 and more

Monday, April 15, 2002: We have just arrived at basecamp. It has been an extremely challenging journey so far; deep snow and high steep terrain have been slowing our progress. Fortunately for the expedition, we are working with some of the toughest porters I have ever seen. They are all from the Makalu region and related to Bhoka Llama who was part of our kitchen staff on the first American Team ascent of Kanchenjunga in 1989.

April 18, 2002 Jerry Clark: Attached is an adobe acrobat file that will assist you in locating places near the mountain.  It is in 2 parts, 8- /2 by 11 so you can print it and put it together and see the trek from Jomosom to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.  The mountain peak is south of Base camp... Click here for the full dispatch.

April 20, 2002: Having guided the longest endurance climb in America 23 successful times, Mount Rainier (a 9,000' ascent) I already knew that an ascent to 15,900' Kalo Pani from 8,700' Jomosom was not going to be an easy day. Click here for the full dispatch.

April 21, 2002 Ben Clark: The crisp sunlight that warmed the nylon surface of our tent this morning was enough to finally muster my eyes open and my mind free and clear again.  Waking to legs feeling fresh and a mental attitude renewed, the long traverse across Dhampas and French Pass, both above 17,000', to base camp seemed a worthy and exciting goal for the day. Click here for the full dispatch.

April 22, 2002 Ben Clark Today's dispatch is my last until returning from the upper mountain.  For the last few days the climbing Sherpa have made the preparations on the mountain so we can begin our ascent.  The Sherpa's  effort has advanced as far as Camp Two at over 19,000' and our own effort has installed a tent full of gear at Camp One so that we can begin the long steady ascent to the deadly zone above... Click here for the full dispatch.

April 26, 2002 Jerry Clark: Ben called last night.  They are at Camp 2 at 19,000 feet.  At the present time he said they are having a "McKinley Storm". (Last year on McKinley, Ben, Robert Link and others were stuck for 7 days in a high wind/snow storm at 19,000 feet) Two feet of snow had fallen Thursday night (Nepal time). Click here for the full dispatch.

Saturday Night CST- April 27, 2002 Ben Clark phone call to Lindsay Rinehart: Ben called last night from Camp Two, where he has been stranded for a few days.  A blizzard hit and left the group with a fresh three feet of snow and unable to move up or down.  Now, even though the storm is a mere memory, the expedition has the wait for the snow to blow off or fall off the mountain to make it safe for the group to move back to basecamp to resupply.  Ben says they are out of food and short of power for phones. Click here for the full dispatch.

Hey there.  I am home safe and sound.  Its great to see the family and my mother is now relieved to see me! Click here for the full dispatch.  

Monday April 29, 2002 Robert Link Expedition Leader: We had to bail out of Camp 2 yesterday. Deep snow and dwindling food supply forced the team to return to base camp. A big storm came through a couple of days ago and dumped a few feet of snow. It trapped us in camp so we spent the time building and improving our... Click here for the full dispatch.  

Robert and Ole punching towards Camp 3 in one meter of fresh snow that fell at Camp 2 Photo: Jeff Justman

Ben called Friday morning and said that they were planning on moving up the mountain to make the final assault on the summit.  He said they planned to leave for Camp 2 at 21,500 feet on Saturday (Friday night USA).  The plan is to move straight to Camp 3 at 23,600 feet on Sunday, (Saturday night USA) Camp 4 at 24,500 feet Monday, (Sunday night USA) and Summit 26,788 feet on Tuesday (Monday night USA)... Click here for the full dispatch.  

May 3, 2002 Ben Clark: Situated in the safety of base camp underneath the 12,000' North Face of Dhaulagiri, our team spirit and strength continues to grow do the fierce winds from overhead.  Our days now revolve around resting and making preparations for our summit assault.  When our margin of safety is increased by a trend in the weather, which will not leave our team up to our thighs in snow and up to our necks in peril, the anticipation of a summit attempt will be put into action.... Click here for the full dispatch.  

7:45 AM CST May 8 Ben Clark: Ben called last night (May 8) at 1:30 AM CST (12:15 PM Nepal) The weather was clear and there was light wind.  The expedition had been at Camp 3 and had run low on food.  JJ and the Greek went down to Camp 2 to bring new supplies up to Camp 3.  The main group left Camp 3 and moved to Camp 4 at 24,500 feet.  At the time of the call, JJ and the Greek were about 3 hours from Camp... Click here for the full dispatch.  

May 10, 2002 - The Mountain Link Office: We received word from Angie Nickamin, Dave's wife, that the group was safe, sound, and healthy at Camp 4. The team made it close to the summit. Click here for the full dispatch.

May 13, 2002 - I received a message from Robert on Saturday from Camp 2. He recapped their summit attempt stating they were a couple of hours from the summit. However, high winds, a late departure for the summit, and snow conditions prevented them from attaining the summit. In his message, he stated twice with emphasis that, "Dhaulagiri is a big, hard, technical mountain!" Robert has climbed many mountains in his career... Click here for the full dispatch.

Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002 Pictures from up high...

Wednesday, May 15, 2002: It has been quite some time since we have had a chance to send an update on what we have been up to. A lot has gone on, but at present we are at Base with everyone safe and sound. I will try and recount our last foray up on the mountain, but I must start with us at Base camp waiting for a good weather window. Click here for the full dispatch.

May 17, 2002 The Mountain Link Office: Robert called from Camp 2 this morning... Click here for the full dispatch.

Moving up to camp 3

The Mountain Link Dhaulagiri Expedition has decided to turn back.

May 29, 2002 Mountain Link Group returns to the US...


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