Expedition It is going to be colder
They say that the
winters are worst in Karakorum, then in Tibet,
and that they are most pleasant in the
Himalayas. This seems to be true. Icy snowstorm
at the base under K2.
A camp like a fortress
The reinforced camp II
has been finally established on the ridge of K2’s
Northern Pillar. Weather permitting, Denis Urubko,
Piotr Morawski and Marcin Kaczkan will start
installing fixed ropes along the route towards camp
III on Friday, which is to be established at 7300 m.
“Camp II looks like a
fortress - reported Urubko through the
radiotelephone. - We have pitched the tent on the
platform formerly cut in the ice by Piotr and
Marcin. Then we have encased it with a stone wall.
It should stand the wind and become our sortie base
to the higher mountain parts”.
The alpinists have
taken their GPS along and established the exact
altitudes at which the camps are located. Camp I is
a bit higher than formerly assumed. The measurement
indicated 6030 m. Camp II was established at 6780 m.
It is comforting to
know that higher above, a large section of the
terrain is less steep. The route is marked by old
fixed ropes left by the five expeditions that were
struggling with the pillar in the summer of 2000.
Nobody has been here since.
K2 is enshrouded in
mist. We are unable to watch the three mountaineers
on the pillar. We know that a strong wind is blowing
there. At the base, however, it is exceptionally
quiet and it is snowing lightly. Due to the fact
that it is getting warmer (minus 13 degrees during
the day), the K2 glacier on which our tents are
pitched, which until now has been motionless with
frost, visibly comes to life. The cracks in the ice
are widening. The base starts do divide itself into
sectors designated by nature.
Jacek Teler and Michał
Zieliński, walking on Thursday to camp I with the
equipment, were in for a surprise. In the permanent
road on the glacier, marked with tracer poles, there
is a huge fissure they were not able to master
without proper equipment. They had to return to the
The winter in
Karakorum is considered to be more severe then in
Tibet or in the Himalayas, and February is even
colder than January, which we have already lived
Monika Rogozińska from
the base under K2
Written by Monika
translated by "Scrivanek".