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  mBank Lotto Himalayan Trilogy expedition: A round up of G2


The weather in Karakorum is slowly starting to settle but the recent
storms have caused a lot of damage. The teams that were the last to return to BC brought rather grim news: it seems that out of the many tents in C2, only three have survived. Nobody knows whose they are but it would be  too much to hope that they belong to the mBank Lotto Himalayan Trilogy expedition.

In BC itself the situation is also far from rosy: most of the climbers have caught a stomach bug of some sort. The Spanish doctor has done  what he can to bring the outbreak under control. Kinga and Andrzej seem to  have recovered while the rest of the team are still suffering to some degree.

The team will have to do a reconnaissance visit to the camps on the
normal route: taking along a new set of tents, food and fuel. Kinga and Andrzej will set off tomorrow and for them this will also be a chance for a summit bid. “I’ll be waiting for them in the camps further up,” said Piotr P. during his last phone call. “It would be great if during the expedition led by me the summit was reached for the third time,” he added. Kinga  and Andrzej will leave BC together with the Spanish and the Slovakian (led  by Peter Sperk) teams.

Kinga Baranowska (Hi Mountain Team), born in Warsaw, belongs to the youngest generation of Polish high altitude climbers. In recent  years she has taken part in many expeditions, summitting Aconcagua, Chan Tengri  and the eight thousender Cho Oyu amongst others. Kinga is the ninth Polish woman to reach the top of an eight thousender. Interestingly, the first woman ever to get to the top of Broad Peak was a Polish woman, Krystyna Palmowska who reached the summit in 1983. So far ten women have repeated that feat.

There is a large turnover of teams in BC: the Austrians, who got here first on 7th June, are now going home, sadly leaving Marcus  behind forever. The  Russians have just arrived, and on their way are the Ukrainian, Czech and  Bulgarian teams.

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