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  Polish International Winter Nanga Parbat Expedition: Minus 30 in Base camp...


HiMountain Nanga Parbat Winter Expedition 2006/2007

Update: It was a difficult night for the participants of the expedition in the Base Camp. Temperature fell down to minus 30°C. Despite lit gas lamps inside tents, it was difficult to keep warm in sleeping bags. Tents were covered with ice on the inside, “pillows” got frozen under heads.

At the same time, Krzysztof Wielicki - Jan Szulc and  Krzysztof Tarasewicz - Jacek Berbeka were in Camp 2 at 6150m. Today, Krzysztof wanted to reach the location of the future Camp 3 at c. 7000m. Krzysztof began climbing at 8 am and at 10 am reached the end of fixed ropes at 6400m. Here 400m of ropes (including about 100m of uncoiled ropes) were waiting for Krzysztof. The leader started fixing ropes, Jacek Berbeka was following him with new ropes. Krzysztof Tarasiewicz concentrated on unwinding and recoiling the knotted 100m of ropes. Jan Szulc started descending to the Base. During the day, the climbers managed to fix all the ropes except the knotted one. They reached an outstanding rocky ridge after climbing through difficult and steep snow-ice terrain. From there they descended to Camp 2 and on the 7th December they are planning their return to the Base Camp.

According to radio report from Krzysztof Wielicki, the rocky ridge is not steep and on the nearest section it will not require fixing ropes. The weather and conditions on the 6th December were very good as for the winter – and what was most important there was no wind. Krzysztof expressed an opinion that he was not entirely satisfied with the effects of the day and the progress achieved. He still believes that it will be a very long way before we reach Camp 3. Probably he will reveal more details after he returns to the Base.

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