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  Winter Makalu 2000/2001  12-19-2000 Dispatch

There is a second camp

White stains on the map
Krzysztof Wielicki and Jerzy Natkański on route to the Southern Pass of Makalu (6600 m). Together with the photographer Dariusz Zaluski they are the first Poles to stand on this side of the pass.

PHOTO. DARIUSZ ZALUSKI

After nearly nine hours of climbing from the 1st camp on a glacier full of cracks and after conquering nearly a kilometer in altitude Krzysztof Wielicki, Dariusz Zaluski and Jerzy Natkański set up the 2nd camp.

The alpinists erected the tent at an altitude of about 6400 m, two hundred meters below the saddle of the Southern Pass of Makalu, lying on the south-eastern ridge. This four kilometer long ridge is the path leading in the direction of the peak (8481 m). This approach to the peak is the idea of our expedition. The next day Wielicki wants to enter the pass in order to become familiar with the shape of the terrain.

The ridge runs along the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). All the maps that we possess show in detail the southern side of Makalu, belonging to Nepal. The northerly facing walls are marked as white stains on our maps.

This same day, Wielicki and the team that setup the 2nd camp, descends to the base for a rest. In their place, another team leaves with supplies for the camps and tracers for precise marking of the path, making orientation easier in the event of bad weather.

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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