is Alive !!!! Two reports
I can confirm that tonight
Carlos with the support of sherpas that went to help him to come down reach
finally BC. He has some finger of his hands frozen but now every thing is
under control. On Saturday the helicopter will come to pick all the 5 climbers
on the BC and they will fly directly to KATH. IDEL
Safe at base camp: Carlos Pauner has called Mila, his wife, and Laura, his
daughter, at around 6 in the afternoon, Spain time. The descent has been very
hard, with 2 bivouacs and a fall of more than 100 meters into a serac.
Finally his psychological and physical strength have prevailed and he has
managed to see Base Camp. With the little battery charge left in his
headlamp, he made signals that were luckily seen from Base Camp. Two Sherpas
have left to meet him and have taken him to base, where he got walking by
himself. Now he is having treatment for incipient frostbite and is being
hydrated after three days without drinking. Translated from Spanish by Jorge
The other report of his
disappearance is below...
05/21/2003 We can't do nothing
Pauner and his teammates (Silvio Mondinelli, Mario Merelli and Kunter) reached
the summit yesterday around 4,30 in the afternoon, Nepal time. After a brief
pause on the summit, they headed back to camp III, at 7,600 meters. The
weather was apparently getting worse. Carlos slightly delayed although always
having visual contact with his Italian teammates (they saw his headlamp in the
dark and they shouted at him, and Carlos answered saying he was fine). The
three Italians made it to C3 at 7600m at 1 AM (Nepal time), in the dark of the
night and with bad weather. They shouted and searched Carlos' headlamp, but
there was no contact with him. They had not been able to fix a line in that
zone, to make the descent safe and the terrain was rocky and steep, making
this climb down very delicate.
night they left lamps in the exterior so that Carlos Pauner could find his
orientation and find the tent in spite of the bad weather, in the middle of
the night. They also went out to shout several times during the night, trying
to get an answer. After spending the night at C3, at 9AM, with an adverse
weather that made visibility impossible and with no news from Carlos Pauner
they descended to Base Camp, where they arrived with grave frostbite. At 7 PM
on May 21st (Nepal time), the last contact with Base Camp was made, from where
they sent us this information. From that moment on there has been no news and
we don't have any other data.
Our hopes and Prayers are with
Carlos, he is a friend and a great mountain climber.