having a resting day yesterday, Christian and
Markus felt fit to ascent to camp 1. They set
the alarm clock to 1.30 a.m. in order to climb
in the cold of the early morning. The Gasherbrum
ice field is the most dangerous part but not the
most difficult one. It is a complicated labyrinth
of clefts and ice towers. One starts in the
early morning because it is safer to pass thin
snow bridges and frozen water holes. When
Christian and Markus stood up at 1.30, there was
terrible weather. Snowy rain and dense clouds
reduced sight to few hundred meters. So they
decided to sleep again because orientation is
essential in the dangerous ice field.
the stood up the second time at 7.30 in the
morning, they did not trust their eyes: Blue
sky! "Fortunately", the good weather
did not persist and little after it started
raining again. The weather remained changeable
the whole day.
we made diverse stuff in the base camp.
Christian tinkered at our electronics, that is
admitted by all other expeditions in the camp.
We are the only expedition that has no noisy
generators and produce our current from few
solar cells for a lot of technics: Satellite
phone, laptop, video recorder, digital camera,
walkman, ECG and radio station. We even have
electric light in the main and kitchen tent and,
therefore, no stench of gas- or kerosene lamps.
cared in her "consulting hour" for the
little healthy problems. Ralf, Markus, and Olaf
reconstructed their platforms for their tents.
In the evening the sky was clear and so we went
to bed early hoping to bring some stuff to camp
1 tomorrow morning...
Again, the alarm clock of the Walter brothers
rang at 1.30 a.m.. This time, the weather seemed
to be adequate despite clouds. So they had
breakfast but after eating the first plate of
corn flakes, it started to snow and the range of
sight decreased to 50 meters. They didn't want
to resign again and therefore, they stood awake
for 2 hours. But the weather did not improve
and, frustrated, they went to bed again...
defiance, the sky was blue and the sun smiled in
the first daylight at 6.00 in the morning. But
it was too late to pass the ice field and we
prepared several stuff in the base camp. In the
afternoon, we invited the Spanish expedition for
a coffee break. First we need some hours to
teach them the rules of the card game UNO then
we lost all the time. Our base camp offers a lot
of distraction. Our satellite phone and the
possibility of sending emails makes us to an
communication center. Ukrainians, Italians,
Kasakhs, British, Chilies, Basks, Swiss, French,
Germans, Pakistanis and Russians come over and
sent messages home like in a "Public Call
Walter, Base camp, 14.07.01 - 20 o'clock local