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  Carlos Pauner Nanga Parbat 2005: Camp 3


CAMP III

 

Carlos Pauner's expedition is already in camp III, located at 6,500 m, in a "comfortable" place on a serac.

 

The group reached camp II yesterday, according to the initial plan.  During the ascent, they learned from Javier Arienza that camp IV, located at 7,300 m. in the Bazhin basin, has been completely destroyed by an avalanche.  According to Javier, there is no trace of the three tents that were in camp IV, two from the Japanese group and one from the Asturian group.

 

Change of plans

 

The men from Aragon had negotiated with the Japanese the use of their tents for their summit attack, they were informed about the trouble when they were already marching to camp II, which left them little margin for a maneuver.  They had to unmount the tents in CII to carry them up to camp IV.  According to the initial plans they wanted to get today directly to camp IV.  But the fact of unmounting the camp in which they had spent the night has made them leave later and they have decided to climb up to camp III.  In just four hours Carlos and his teammates have traversed the ridge that divides the two camps.  Then, the usual chores of the high altitude camps:  shovel the snow and pick ice to get a flat surface, mount the tents... and the tedious job of melting water.  Luckily, the weather is improving according to the forecast, although today as everyday, it snowed lightly.

 

Camp IV tomorrow

 

Tomorrow they will continue to camp IV, so that during the early morning of the next day they can continue to the summit of Nanga Parbat.  The climber have to be very careful to chose the location of camp IV.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

 

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