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Winter Makalu 1/10/01 Dispatch: The weather is still bad

Awaiting the change of weather, Krzysztof Wielicki, Dariusz Zaluski and Jaroslaw Zurawski spent two days and nights in camp no.2, near the Makalu La Pass, at the height of 6900m. Yesterday morning Wielicki informed us via radio-phone that they were descending into the base.

The Alpinists have not given up yet. Gia Tortladze and Krzysztof Liszewski packed their equipment and are ready to leave. Currently the descent from camp 2 into the base takes 8 hours, but the climb up lasts three days. Tortladze and Liszewski hope that a day will come when the wind is not so strong. If it happens so, they want to be as near the Makalu La Pass as possible. From that point you can make an attempt and climb up the peak. The level difference is 1000m from the place to the summit. The Alpinists need two days without hurricane to reach it from the pass. Unfortunately everything seems to be against us. The last sunset has been the most intense, it glowed red and the mass of snow blown over Mount Everest has been the biggest so far

Five American MSR cookers were scattered in the extended base (5300m). Maciej Pawlikowski fought to repair the sixth one by himself. Suddenly it spat fire. The floor and the mosquito net started burning before he managed to throw the ball of fire outside. Pawlikowski saved the tent and now stays in the main base, safe and sound.

The Polish ski-jumpers made the expedition really happy. They congratulate Adam and the rest of the team from deep inside the Himalayas.

Monika Rogozinska base at the foot of Makalu


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