5/9/2002: The small Czech team of three
experienced climbers (Zdenek Hruby, Radek Jaros,
Martin Minarik), climbing light style, without
high-altitude porters and artificial oxygen, and
without a base-camp support, reached their
provisional C4 at 7,400m (24,300ft) on May 4,
stayed overnight for acclimatization, and
returned to the BC. Today, on May 9
they moved up again, for a further push. This
year's weather on Kangchenjunga has been
extremely challenging; the massif has been
getting 150-200% of long-term average
precipitation for this period of a year.
May 8 was the very first day without heavy
snow falls since the Czech expedition arrived
at the BC a month ago.
17 Update: Radek Jaros and
Martin Minarik of the tiny Czech expedition led
by Zdenek Hruby became the first Czechs on the
top of Kangchenjunga! They successfully
climbed the SW face and summitted, without artificial oxygen. Kangchenjunga
was the only 8000er that had never been
summitted by a Czech climber before.
light-style three-men expedition that did not
use any high-altitude porters, artificial
oxygen, or a base camp support had to fight
this year's unusually heavy snow falls, which
were well above the historical data for
Kangchenjunga in April or May. And just as if it
was not enough -- upon their return to the base
camp they found that all their communication
technology that they had left behind had
collapsed. Details about their summit will,
therefore, be available only one they get to
Summit News: (13th May 2002 3:25 pm) Mr.
Martin Minarik (35 years) Czech Republic
May 2002 1:05 pm): Mr. Radek Jaros (38
years) Climber, Czech Republic
summit news from Nepal is the correct Summit information....
The Czech Summit
report is here.
Special Thanks from the Czech 2002 PRE
is here !