Manaslu 2002 led by Ralf Dujmovits

 

Ralf Dujmovits who has summited 8 of the 14 8000 meter peaks will lead this team of climbers on Manaslu in Spring 2002. He has reached the summits of K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II, Nanga Parbat, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma (Main summit), Everest, and Dhaulagiri. 

 

Manaslu Basecamp (4750m), Tuesday, 4/30/2002

AMICAL alpin Manaslu Expedition stuck in deep snow.

We descended in a very good mood from Camp 2 (6600 m.) to BC on April 24 and 25. We had ascended almost to quick so we were looking forward to a couple of rest days. Unfortunately we had no rest days because we have been shuffling snow continuously.

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According to the weather-report we have been close to the center of the jet stream, which came down quite low this Spring. In BC (4750 m.) we could here the hauling of the storm on the summit of Manaslu for days. The very lowered atmospheric pressure brought a lot of humidity, which caused a severe snowfall on the mountain and in BC. Really a lot of snow.

During the night we had a snow shuffling patrol, changing shift every 1.5 hour, to avoid collapsing of the tents, especially the dining tent. One of us could not go to the toilet tent due to the strong wind. We have tried many times to melt the ice cover from the solar panels during the day but last night the batteries were not recharged so we had no electric light in the dining tent.

You get tired after five days of bad weather and continuous snow shuffling. But our two Sherpa's and Qudrat Ali ascend to Camp 1 during a few hours of improved weather to check our tents. You could still see only a few inches of three tents, the other were completely covered by a meter of snow. The tents still usable stayed in camp 1, the broken ones (many broken poles and damaged covers) were carried to BC for repair this morning.

This morning the weather was nice again, though some high clouds. We hope it will stay like this because we plan to go up to Camp 1, if the sun keeps shining and the snow cover stabilizes. We are anxious about the snow-shuffling work waiting for us up there. For today we say goodbye with best regards from BC, the expedition team and the AMICAL office team.

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