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Makalu 2000/2001 12-19-2000 Dispatch
is a second camp
stains on the map
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
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.
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.
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
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.