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Kangchenjunga 2002 Czech Expedition

The very strong team of Czech climbers climbed Kanchenjunga in Spring 2002: Zdenek Hruby, Radek Jaros, and Martin Minarik went to climb the South West face (more or less, British route). There were three climbers, without oxygen, of course!

Below is some very short updates and their Summit news from the expedition.

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Update 3/25/2001: The Czechs have been in Kathmandu for several days and are preparing to leave...

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Update: 5/9/2002: The small Czech team of three experienced climbers (Zdenek Hruby, Radek Jaros, Martin Minarik), climbing light style, without high-altitude porters and artificial oxygen, and without a base-camp support, reached their provisional C4 at 7,400m (24,300ft) on May 4, stayed overnight for acclimatization, and returned to the BC. Today, on May 9  they moved up again, for a further push. This year's weather on Kangchenjunga has been extremely challenging; the massif has been getting 150-200% of long-term average precipitation for this period of a year.  May 8 was the very first day without heavy snow falls since the Czech expedition arrived at the BC a month ago. 

May 17 Update: Radek Jaros and Martin Minarik of the tiny Czech expedition led by Zdenek Hruby became the first Czechs on the top of Kangchenjunga! They successfully climbed the SW face and summitted, without artificial oxygen. Kangchenjunga was the only 8000er that had never been summitted by a Czech climber before.

The light-style three-men expedition that did not use any high-altitude porters, artificial oxygen, or a base camp support had to fight this year's unusually heavy snow falls, which were well above the historical data for Kangchenjunga in April or May. And just as if it was not enough -- upon their return to the base camp they found that all their communication technology that they had left behind had collapsed. Details about their summit will, therefore, be available only one they get to Kathmandu.

The Summit News: (13th May 2002  3:25 pm) Mr. Martin Minarik (35 years) Czech Republic

(14th May 2002  1:05 pm): Mr. Radek Jaros (38 years) Climber, Czech Republic 

The summit news from Nepal is the correct Summit information....

The Czech Summit report is here.

Very Special Thanks from the Czech 2002 PRE Kangchenjunga Expedition

Dan Mazur's Kangchenjunga Spring 2002 

Kangchenjunga 2002 is here !

 

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