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 2003 CZECH K2 & BROAD PEAK EXPEDITION


                                                      Dispatches

On July 7, the Czech K2-Broad Peak expedition pitched a tent at 6300m on the Broad Peak. In spite of a promising forecast good enough for a quick summit bid, the weather was already turning bad. Mr. Han's Korean expedition planned a summit bid, too, for Mr. Han it was a second one in several days, on July 4 he was forced to turn back due to the weather.

Radek, Martin and Miska (Petr) planned to move their tent up to 7000m on July 8 and to make a summit bid immediately after, but by July 8 the weather turned so bad that everybody had to descend. At least the expedition has now all the necessary equipment for summit bids up on both the mountains, they just wait for a spell of a good weather.

All K2 and Broad Peak expeditions were forced down to base camps and they have been sitting out the bad weather. It is just snowing and snowing. A huge avalanche fell to the place of the Czech's Advance Base, fortunately, by now the expedition had nothing left there but an empty tent, which it had not been using for staying overnight anyway.

Worst of all, however, the expeditionís only supply of electricity, the solar panels, are mostly gone by now, like last year on Kangchenjunga. In spite of all progress, research and technology have still a long way to go to produce solar panels that can sustain the harsh conditions in the Himalaya and Karakorum. The climbers are clearly much ahead!

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