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  Martin Minarik Dhaulagiri 2008 Solo Update


Picture: Martin Minarik

Update 3/27/2008: Martin Minarik met 26/03/2008 at North Dhaulagiri BC two Russians, Nikolai and Valeri. They want to acclimatize in the west face. Tomorrow 28/03/2008 they are going to the saddle together.

Update: Martin Minarik reached base camp at 4.600 meters,  on the 22nd, under the Dhaulagiri north face. He going to relax.

Update: leave for Nepal on March 11 and plan to hike with couple trekkers from Beni around the West Face of Dhaulagiri to the north base camp. I would like to finish the climb within the month of April. Martin

Martin Minarik is back! For Spring 2008 it is Dhaulagiri Solo! He leaves on March 11. "I would like to climb solo and alpine style, currently looking for interesting line in north face but hard to guess as I have no idea how much ice there will be. " he tells EverestNews.com.

After his terrible frostbites and trauma from the death of his friend in 2006 on Lhotse. He returned there in 07 and summited Lhotse. "I want to thank everyone who was helping me to get back on my feet. " Martin told EverestNews.com

Martin is probably best known to EverestNews.com readers for his SOLO Summit of Cho Oyu in 2005, as the first summit of the season in 2005... See the Cho Oyu report below...and more

Update: Martin phoned from basecamp of Cho Oyu. He summited at 3 pm local time on the 16th. He was the only one on the mountain as the other group is not yet acclimatized. more coming soon!

Update 4/11/2005: The hell broke loose on the slopes of Cho Oyu and I think all dead bolsheviks blocked the mountain for their party, I do not know what else to say.

On April 7, 05 I left BC in the morning and made it easily to site of Camp 1, repacked and continued to the top of serac at 6900m.

I found the shelter even the wind started to blow. At about 2pm on April 8 (sun hits the slopes around 10am) I set off for approx. 7300m where people usually set up Camp 2. From there I was planning to walk to the top. The huge crevasses I was warned about are truly piece of cake - if you ever walked on Carbon glacier or the glaciers on Alaska.

I made it easily to 7300m and realized after about one hour of trying that something is wrong with my stove. I did not panic or anything, I even considered the option of leaving for the summit right away and climb the whole night with about half of my thermos left. Then I changed my plans and postponed the summit try for the next night, using the day for rest and fixing the problem with my stove.

The night was windy and in the morning, hell broke loose. I was confined inside my tent, without the chance of moving (up or down) and without a chance of making water. And the second night was nothing like the first one - second night was much worse. The sky cleared, it got much colder and the wind popped up to the scale unmeasured by sailors. In one minute intervals, wind was coming from all directions. All moisture turned into ice inside the tent and it was blown back to my face, there was no hiding spot. I could as well be outside it would make no difference.

Then hallucinations came, not because of altitude but because of complete lack of water. I changed my shirt and the fellow in this new shirt started to give my advice. Fortunately for me, most of this advise was sound. Towards the morning, I was licking the ice from the sides of my tent and I knew I had to get out right away because if I do not, I will not get the second chance.

I started right in the morning, the wind was even worse then in the night and the wind chill had to be 40 below or lower. The chance of frostbites were tremendous. My feet were cold inside the sleeping bag already. I managed well considering I did not drink for 48 hours. I was able to make the cave where I stored all the fuel, food etc. I quickly got to Camp 1 where I was just setting the stove. I found I am not alone on the mountain any longer. Friendly face of Ed Viesturs showed up and Ed gladly shared the water he had left. He and his two companions just carried the load to Camp 1.

These couple drinks made me walk back to BC. It is cold and very windy even here. Over night I retrieved the feel into my frostbitten fingertips and I am slowly getting power back into them ( when I came, I could not squeeze the lemon into my tea). I started to see without a problem again and it is nice to be able to go to pee after more then 24 hours.

There are couple more expeditions but I do not really mind. I am very well acclimatized and in a few days when the full strength is back and this "dead bolsheviks parade on the slopes of Cho Oyu" is over I will need only 2-3 days to make it to the top.

I know I will.

April 11, 05

Martin Minarik

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