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Manaslu 2003 featuring Piotr Pustelnik

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Piotr Pustelnik
Manaslu, at 8163 meters, is the eighth highest peak in the world. It is located in the west-central part of Nepal.

Piotr Pustelnik has summited 11 of the world's 14 highest peaks. If he summits Manaslu, he will only have Broad Peak and Annapurna left.

A rest in Sama: Yesterday, all the expedition members made it to the village of Sama Goan (3500m). Today it’s a rest day for all of us. Maybe except for the doctor, who’s busy dressing our wounds and frostbite. He claims, basing it on his medical knowledge, that soon we’ll be all fine and back to normal condition.   

Tomorrow we’ll set of to Kathmandu. We’ll probably get there in five days. The main subject of our current discussions is the weather. We are trying to find an answer o a question: “Was there at least one day during this expedition, when it did not snow?” We figured out there was one, but subsequently someone said: “It did snow that day but … yeah, ok, only for an hour or so….” 

From Sama Goan (3500m) Piotr Pustelnik

The Summit news is below...

mBank Manaslu Expedition - Manaslu summited!

Back at the base camp: We reached the summit of Manaslu around 14.00, May 17th. But on this mountain we had to fight till the very end. The weather conditions were getting worse very quickly. We made a couple of pictures and started the descent. Suddenly I was hit by a very strong gust of wind. I hit Krzysztof as I fell, and we tumbled down together for about 300m. Well bruised and tired, lost in a snow-storm, we found our way to camp IV using a compass. Luckily we made it.

Darek, Anna and Basia were waiting for us in the camp. They also made the summit bid, but were forced by the weather to retreat halfway. The five of us did not fit in only one tent in camp IV, so Darek started going down, while we stayed. Basia and Anna helped me and Krzysztof. On Sunday, the 18th the weather was still bad – snowing and strong winds. Struggling in the fresh snow, we made it only to American camp II. The six of us spent a night there, in two tents this time. Yesterday, on the 19th, we continued to the base camp. The conditions were still difficult. Even though we were helped by Darek and Jozek, we reached the base camp at 19.00. Today we are packing up, putting the base camp down and soon we’ll head back to Sama.  

From the Manaslu base camp (under deconstruction) Piotr Pustelnik



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