History - in the making
Police officers climbing/skiing team
to summit Cho Oyu 8201 meters oxygen free and ski from the
summit to base camp. Successful outcome will result in
Slovenians having skied 4 summits of the 8000m+ and Cho
Oyu being skied oxygen free. Second goal, have a policemen do so.
of the team: Viki Groslja, Rafko Vodisek-cop, Franc
Rozman-cop, Alez Miklavcic-cop, Robert Kralj-cop, Maks
Trop-cop, Davo Karnicar, Izidor Kofler-cop, Tone
Skarja, Matej Brajnik-cop and Dr.Igor Tekavcic. The
cops were all of various units from communication to
acclimatizing in the Katmandu area and each member
climbing three 5000m + each they were ready to leave
for Tibet on Sept.15th/01. Having reached
the northern side and climbing to 5700m they set up
camp under 8201m. The first night Robert Kralj came
down with severe case of pulmonary edema regardless of
the acclimatization he had undertaken. Since Robert
was in a very serious condition, the brilliant
treatment of Dr. Igor Tekavcic successfully treating
him in a few days gave the team a boost of confidence and a boost
which no doubt was shaken by the event. Robertss
recovery was such that he looked after himself in only
established the next camp at 6400m, seven members of
the team were able to overnight in 2 days with gear
and supplies in place. Camp 2 and 3 were established
at 7100m and 7500m. Karnicar pitched the first tent by
himself at 7100m and Brajnik and Rozman pitched at
7500m. Not bad, boys. Acclimatization continued and
Groselj skied on 29th of September from
7500m to 6600m, a trial run.
to weather conditions, the summit attempts tried on
October 2nd and 4th were
postponed until settled conditions arrived. The result
being a damper on the teams enthusiasm particularly
since Karnicar had to leave for Slovenia. Minus a team
member, the goal remained the same. Ski the mountain.
October 10th/01 Viki Groslja reached the summit alone
having carried the skies with him at all times and
strapping the bindings, successfully skied from the
summit to camp two at 7100m, thus reaching the goal of
skiing oxygen free the 4th 8000m+ by a Slovenian.
attempts later, going down and up from camps and
keeping focused, the next attempt occurred on 15th
& 16th of October at which time Brajnik
and Kralj skied from 6250m saddle bellow Nangpa La,
Groslja skied from Dezavapari II at 6386m. Good day
for skiing. No further attempts for the summit were
made due to continually deteriorating weather. But hey,
one Slovenian skied for the rest of us.
return to Slovenia, the team was met at the airport by
impressive delegation of Police association
dignitaries who have supported the organizational team
from the beginning of its planning stage.
of strong climbers, combined with disciplined and
methodical experience in their chosen profession has
succeeded. Thats it boys, keep it legal.