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Gary, Paul, Frits and the others
of their team have decided to abort their attempts to climb Kanch this season.
Their experienced team was able to climb the mountain in their chosen style.
With the adverse weather, the hard going and no Sherpa support, the amount of
fixed rope and camps they deemed necessary for a safe ascent took the better
of them and the team is now en route to Kathmandu. All are in good health and
A few days before them,
Christine Boskoff had also left, leaving only Andrew Lock, the
Italians/Spaniards and 2 members of Norbert Joos' team. They were going to
attempt the ascent in alpine style (from camp 2, taking C3 with them)
The previous update is below...
Report 5/4/2003: I just spoke with Gary (he sounded great),
here are the highlights: All teams are presently in base camp as a wind storm
came in yesterday. Winds are up to 100 mph and last evening was partially
spent keeping the canteen/mess tent from blowing down! The climbers are bored
with waiting out this weather! All teams have camp 2 established (around
6900m or 22K feet) and Norbert's team may attempt the summit the next time
they move up. Everyone is in good health and spirits, just a bit
frustrated by weather conditions. That's it for now. Bett