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  Mt. Everest 2005: Czech Hornbein Couloir: We are not enjoying this at all


 

Update: We are not enjoying this at all (it is all the time the same) so we will write just briefly:

Wednesday 18th: We are getting the weather forecast from the net 3x a day and it is always different. They must change it every hour or so. The weather is supposed to be bad again (very strong wind), we are staying put. Ivan, Petr and Simon started a long series of a card game. Pepino and Lucka cannot wait and left for the C0. If the conditions will get at least a bit better tomorrow, they will work on the face. Sona is reading and waits with the boys in BC.

Thursday 19th: Waiting, card games, reading, ....weather, hope, despair. Pepino and Lucka made it to the fixes, they brought another tent up to the C1 (that is the tent for C2) and they uncovered fixes from under the snow. They returned to the BC by the evening.

Friday 20th: It is snowing the whole day long. We cannot do anything on the face because the avalanches will be sliding down again. Everyone is waiting in BC

Saturday 21st: Ivan, Petr and Simon are going down to the Chinese BC to order yaks, get some gas for the generator, buy food and check on our small supply we have with Finnish expedition. Kasang will help them to bring it all here. Lucka and Pepino are going to the C0 to see (if the weather will be good) if they can finish the fixes all the way to C2. Sona is joining them.

This is all for now. The weather forecast is not telling us more than one day in row of good weather. If it is not snowing, the wind reaches 160 km/h. So far the forecast was often correct. We are still waiting for a window of opportunity...but we do not have much hope left.

Dispatches

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