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Manaslu 2003: Jeff Justman Dispatch

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Manaslu, at 8163 meters, is the eighth highest peak in the world. It is located in the west-central part of Nepal, and our team will climb it by the original route.

JJ’s Dispatch: May 12, 2003 Jeff Justman: The team is at Camp 2 22,000ft after waiting out the weather. The weather seems to be getting a little bit better. Today, we had blue skies and hot sun all the way up. Well, one of our team members had a bit of a stomach problem. So he went down to Base camp.. So the team members right now who are looking at potentially going up to Camp 3 (high camp) and then to the summit are: Shane, Scott, JJ, Bruce, Arnold and Taylor.

We are all sitting up here right now just hydrating. Tomorrow we will fix the route up to Camp 3. Hopefully the next day, as long as the weather stays good, we will be going up to Camp 3 and hopefully trying to get in a summit bid.

So things are going well. Will talk to you soon-JJ

May 14, 2003 Jeff Justman: We are at Camp 2, it is our 3rd day here. Now instead of dealing with the snow, we are dealing with the jet stream. It is blowing extremely hard. There is no way we can ever think about going up to high camp.

Two of our members decided to go back down to BC. Supplies are definitely running low but we are making the best of it, hoping the wind will die down and we will get to high camp and hopefully to the summit. But I am sure once the wind dies down a big blizzard will come in. But hopefully, we will talk with you in a few days with some good news.

Take care- Bye Bye- JJ

May 16, 2003 Jeff Justman: Hi, it’s JJ. We are here at high camp finally!!!! Had an epic day yesterday! Really good climbing but very long!!!

Got into high camp at just under 25,000ft. The wind is very, very heavy, a little too heavy to be going out and freezing your little fingers and toes!

So we are sitting in a tent right no, it is about 4 AM. We are going to see what we can do. If we do not go for the summit today we will be going for it tomorrow. Unless the weather is just terrible but our resources are going low, so we definitely need to do it here in the next day or so.  

Hopefully, we will call in a day or so with some good summit news!

Hope all is well. Take care- Jeff Justman

Note EverestNews.com is covering this expedition, along with numerous others 8000 meter expeditions this Spring 2003 exclusively.

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