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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 17, 2003 - Jeff Justman Dispatch

Jeff called from High Camp on Manaslu he sounded very winded and tired. Here is what he said.

“Just a quick update. We are at high camp just under 25,000 ft. It is our third day up here. One of our Sherpa team, Sherup (muffled) is pretty sick. He is severely dehydrated and totally exhausted.

So we are trying to hydrate him, get him on his feet. But ah, we have a little bit of a rescue to him down. The weather is absolutely horrendous, with very high winds. We are waiting for them to die down so we can short rope Sherup down safely back to Camp 2. But I think the summit is out of the picture now. Sherup’s safety is a lot more important. So the team is all pulling together to get him down safely.

Ah, hopefully, I will call in a day or two to let you know if it is all good with Sherup. Bye bye-JJ

May 18, 2003- Jeff Justman Dispatch 24

JJ called from Camp 2

“Wanted to give you an update. It was an EPIC time at high camp!!! The winds were definitely jet stream, hurricane force!! But they did subside a little bit so we were able to get Sherup down who was really sick.

And, ah…I tell ya it was almost as long of a day getting sown as it was going from Camp 2 up to Camp 3, a lot of rappels and a lot of steep ice, a lot of fun, if you don’t have someone who is in need. But Sherup, the Sherpa is doing okay at Camp 2right now. He is still hydrating and recuperating. SO it was great they got him down safe and sound. The mountain is still pretty mean…storming up high. We will get down to base camp probably tomorrow.

Maybe I will send an email once we are back at BC. Things are good. No summit but everyone is safe and sound. We hung in there all the way!! So it was good!! You all take care! Jeff

The updates from the Dan Mazur side is here.


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