August 2, 2003: This might be
the last dispatch from the expedition. It is not because we would not be
planning to come back to Base Camp but because our fellow climbers from
Montreal, Canada (Claude & Chic) are leaving within a couple of days. Since
the time we lost our phone on Broad Peak and since the time our solar panels
stopped working, we completely depended on their generous help. At least this
way, I would like to say THANK YOU MY FRIENDS.
I am sorry they have to go,
their time expired, their porters are supposed to come within a day or two. In
emergency situation, we will ask Kazach team for help but their phone system
is different then ours and we will not have access to our email any longer.
High wind arrived to K2 and
we made a good choice not to go up even the sun of the last two days was very
inviting. According to the weather forecast ( which I do not give a damn
anyway), it is supposed to snow within the next 3 days. We made the choice to
wait and seriously try for the summit with the Kazach team. Kazachs and one
fellow from Basque country are the only people left here except us.
We promise to let everyone
know if we make it to the top, not make it or leave without attempt. But it
might easily take two weeks from now.
In the meantime, we are
asking for patience. Our silence is caused by technical problems.
At the same time, we really
do not wish anyone trying to find out what we are up to and or assuming what
we are doing and posting such a rumors on any Web Site which is accessible by
public (such a thing happened on couple occasions in the last weeks). Please
understand that no one except us know exactly what is happening on K2 with us
(even the other expeditions) and we do want and will describe the situation
precisely when we are back in the safety of Base Camp on Godwin Austen.
Thank you for considering
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