This morning the 23rd whilst scanning the upper mountain
through the telescope, we heard the sound of approaching helicopters coming up
the valley. Within minutes tents were threatening to fly out of BC and the
ever present goats and donkeys ran for their lives. Messner and his film crew
had arrived. They said a quick hello and took off again to try to fly above
6000m as the clouds had parted.
Interestingly, Messner was filming with the same pilot who
rescued Humar from the Rupal Face. I suppose no better pilot to film the face
with. They promised to return for lunch.
A few more touch downs to reload film cameras mounted to the
outside of the helicopters, and as promised we sat for lunch. I did a very
short interview for the cameras, and after we all discussed the physical
changes in the Rupal Face since 1970, when Messner first climbed it.
Then with a quick good luck the show left town.
Tomorrow we go up for what we hope is a weeks worth of
acclimatization to reach 7000m. Then we start to watch the route for our
That's the hope anyway, wish us luck….
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