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K2/Chogori Winter 2003

Gia Tortladze from Georgia and Ilias Tukwatullin are leaving the expedition
Difficult farewell. Gia Tortladze and Ilias Tukwatullin are ready to leave the base
“We need you very much” - says Krzysztof Wielicki to Wasilij Piwcow
Despite bad weather, Piotr Morawski, Denis Urubko and Marcin Kaczkan are getting ready to leave the base and begin climbing the slope of K2 by preparing the ropes.
Maciek Pawlikowski is trying to fix the tent at camp II (6600 m). The tent has been destroyed badly by the wind.
View from camp II. The K2 Glacier is visible below.
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.

Written by Monika Rogozinska, "Rzeczpospolita"; translated by "Scrivanek".

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