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  Expedice HI-TEC V-LITE Nanga Parbat - K2 2005: Against avalanches


Copyrightę Billy Pierson: Murph goes to K2: The best K2 video on the planet: VHS or DVD

Update: It seemed that the weather was OK and we get off at 2 am to a mountain wall. We had almost 1.800 height metres to climb. We went for the first time on a frozen firn and didn't slink into it. Piece of cake. However, we had to get through the cracks in a glacier. We were moving for the first time without a rope, but a night freeze has toughened bridges and they were visible as there was no fresh snow.

We reached the Camp I in 3 hours. We passed it and kept on climbing. At 9 am we met four climbers, three Swiss and a French, who descended from Kinshoffer's rocks. They were really inconsiderate and destroyed an ascent track that we had built several days ago. It seemed like a herd of hogs groated there.

When we reached 5.700 m it started to snow. We told to ourselves that if it would be bad, we leave a depot under the rocks and descent. It lasted for 10 minutes and then we heard a known sound. The avalanche. We cut our axes, lied on the wall and put our hands on our heads. The snow was flowing over us. Finally it was away, but before we could stand up and recover ourselves another one was there. Fortunately it didn't hit us. We agreed on the descent and started to go down. We went 200 m down and several avalanches went over us. One of us was climbing down and the other was checking the wall. Suddenly it stopped snowing, the sky became clear and everywhere was silence.

When we calmed down we started to climb to the rocks again. We reached the rocks at about 2 pm, but we were breaking through them for 4 hours. At 6 pm I stood at the crest and started out to find a tent. Everywhere was the snow to a waistline. Finally I found a tent which was completely under the snow. We had to dig it out from the snow and at half past 6 we get into it. And the snowstorm started outside. Radek

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