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Winter Makalu 2000/2001                  12-09-2000 Dispatch

The advanced base is set up

Rocks in the tent

The 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. 

It 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.

 

On 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.

Unfortunately 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 zero.

The 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.

Monika Rogozinska, base at the foot of Makalu.

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

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