July 29. 2003: Everyone is back in BC. The weather forecast
failed completely. Gejza Haak - the legend among Slovak mountain guides told
me once in the Tatras : Do not trust meteorologists and women. There is always
a chance to learn....
After 5 days of nice and stable weather which everyone need for
rest, we left for the mountain and the clouds arrived. We made it to Camp 2,
spent couple nights there, then up to Camp 3 where we also spent two nights.
The amount of snow accumulated in the last 24 hours however made our stay in
this camp very dangerous. We were forced to turn around and descent along with
Kazachs who were waiting in Camp 3 as well. The other part of Kazach team
spent three nights on the Shoulder at almost 8000m, tried for the summit and
came down this morning. It will take at least 3-4 days till the snow
consolidates a bit.
Swiss group left yesterday, Carlos group is leaving tomorrow
and the group from Andalusia is leaving day after tomorrow. Who is staying ?
Hard core, those who are either hopefully enough or those who have been here
before and do not want to come back again ( some of them are here third time
!). Kazachs are staying, there is one Basque and one Italian, there is also
one French Canadian and Austrian but those two are not quite sure what to do.
And there are us, three Czechs and we do not want to give up the fight either.
Written on notebook ASUS -