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 Winter Makalu 2000/2001              1-4-2001 Dispatch

Expedition to Makalu

Everybody goes up

We welcomed the blizzard almost with relief. Despite the frost (reaching 18 grades Celsius below zero) the never-ending sound of coughing was almost history in the base. The dust we used to breathe has gone.

"Everybody leave the tents and start climbing!"- this was the first thing we heard in the morning from Krzysztof Wielicki, the head of the expedition. "Storm attack, storm attack, everybody on the track!" - said our Napoleon, trying to wake up the battle spirit among the tired team. The sun and beautiful weather surely gave us energy. Two teams were already on the way up. The first one was Gia Tortladze, Krzysztof Liszewski and Piotr Snopczynski, who left yesterday. Today's team included Maciej Pawlikowski and Jerzy Natkanski. Wielicki along with Dariusz Zaluski and Jarek Zurawski will climb up tomorrow. At the beginning the action will develop slowly, because reaching camp II takes three days. From that point we will have to reach the Makalu La pass, which is the most important point of attacking the summit. The members of the expedition think that, weather permitting, the real fight to reach the peak will start right away. "It is time for the final preparations" - said Krzysztof Wielicki to sum up the discussion.

written by Monika Rogozinska, "Rzeczpospolita",
transl. by "TRANSLATOR" Technical Translation Agency
http://www.rp.pl  ("Rzeczpospolita") and
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