Dispatch 2/12/03: More sunshine
A beautiful, sunny
day has finally come around in Karakorum. Thanks to
the weather improvement, Piotr Morawski, Marcin
Kaczkan and Denis Urubko have established another
400 m of fixed ropes above camp III (7150 m). On
Wednesday, camp IV might be ready.
After arriving at
the base, the alpinists had first of all time for a
decent wash. After taking off their jackets, down
trousers and suits, they presented a pitiful sight.
At high altitudes, the body hardly absorbs any food.
It most willingly draws energy from its own reserves
? muscle protein. As they were kidding around,
posing for photographs in their underwear, they
looked like dancing skeletons. Their legs resembled
sticks, their arms have lost their sturdiness. These
are not strong alpinists, but horrible bags of
Jacek Jawień has
shown off his beautiful ride, breaking his personal
best altitude record. The young mountaineer from the
?forwarding? group spent two windy and sleepless
nights at camp I (6030 m) by himself. As soon as the
weather allowed him to climb up, he ascended to camp
II (6780 m), where he spent another night, during
which he did not sleep a wink due to the altitude,
the headache resulting from it and the penetrating
chill. On Tuesday morning, despite his discomfort,
he set out early to camp III in order to bring the
ropes for which his friends were waiting. After
fulfilling the task, he very quickly returned to the
Piotr Morawski and
Denis Urubko have established another 250 m of
ropes, reaching the camp of a former, probably
Japanese expedition at 7550 m. Clouds have blocked
out the terrain, however, and the alpinists were not
sure of where to go next. Since it was late, they
returned to camp III. They intend to continue their
ascent the following day, as high as possible, to
pitch a tent and stay there for the night. Piotr,
Marcin and Denis will then return to the base.
Nobody speaks about
it, but if the weather is good and the alpinists'
strength and the condition of their injuries and
frostbites permits it, the possibility of reaching
the summit of K2 in winter is getting closer day by
from the base under K2
Written by Monika
translated by "Scrivanek".