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advanced base is set up
in the tent
Polish expedition already climbs up the Western Leg of
Makalu. They set up the advanced base below its foot
7-8 hours away from the main base. So far the wind is
the most disturbing factor for the climbers.
was the worst for the climbers who set up the advanced
base. There were four of them sleeping in one tent
plus big stones which they had to put inside in order
not to be blown away.
Friday Krzysztof Wielicki climbed to the height of
5700 meters on his own. He was helped by Dariusz Zaluski,
Jerzy Natkanski and Piotr Snopczynski. Gia Tortladze
and Krzysztof Liszewski, who have just finished
carrying the equipment and setting up the balustrade,
will leave the base on Saturday. All this is happening
without stopping, as if the climbers have not noticed
that they were at the sea level not so long ago. The
acclimatization requires several weeks. I sadly
observe my colleagues unsuccessfully trying to
overcome their physical weaknesses.
we have patients. The infection brought by the
tourists has stayed with us. We look like genuine
Himalayas climbers. As a result of wind and dust our
faces turned into shells, our nostrils and mouths are
cracked, hands swollen. The frost is still not that
bad. Temperature goes down only to 15 grades C below
nights are starry. The Charle's Wain is positioned
right over Makalu. The full moon will come in a few
days. We fear it will bring a change of weather.