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K2 & Broad Peak 2003: Czech Expedition

Czech climbers Radek Jaros, Martin Minarik and Petr Masek are planning an expedition to K2 & Broad peak in June - August 2003. 

Martin and Radek were members of the tiny 3-man Czech 2002 PRE Kangchenjunga expedition, which climbed the mountain without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters. Both Martin and Radek reached the summit.  As far as to K2, for Radek Jaros and Petr Masek it will be their second attempt on the mountain. In 2001 they were members of the Czech 2001 K2 expedition on the SSE Spur (Cesen Route), led by Zdenek Hruby. The Czech expedition arrived to the base camp too late to be sufficiently acclimatized for a summit push at the time, when Hans Kammerlander and Jean Christophe Lafaille reached the summit along the same route.  Unfortunately, as it turned later, there were no more summit days in that season. Later on, Radek Jaros, Petr Masek, Zdenek Hruby, and Miroslav Caban returned high to the mountain,  but a terrible storm forced them down from the Shoulder. The descent in the raging storm became a real fight for survival, Radek made it with starting pneumonia, Petr luckily secured a fall in a white-out, yet none of these experiences diverted them of their total devotion to return to the mountain.

In 2003 they plan to attempt to climb both Broad Peak and K2. As on Kangchenjunga, Martin, Radek and Petr want to climb in a team of three, with no supplemental oxygen and no high-altitude porters.

More news from Martin, the expedition envoy (… in his modesty, Martin does not want to be seen as the expedition leader) will follow soon.

Martin Minarik and Radek Jaros

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