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HI-TEC V-LITE Nanga Parbat - K2 2005:
Lonely on the Slopes
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Update: Radek Jaros and Petr
Masek, aka the HI-TEC V-LITE Nanga Parbat-K2 2005 Czech Expedition, are back
at the base camp, after the memorable night at C2 on the super-narrow ridge
between kilometer deep vertical slopes on both sides just above the Kinsshofer
Wall last weekend. In spite of his rather rich climbing career, Radek says he
can think of only one worse storm that he had ever experienced on a slope; the
other one caught him and Josef Nezerka on the summit of Mt. Blanc 11 years
ago. But then, they were not stuck in a wind-challenged tent on a piece of
land 4 inches off a kilometer deep vertical slope.
At the base camp, Radek and
Petr are enjoying little pleasures of life: less wind, less snow, more
comfort, excellent coffee, dumplings, pork, and cabbage soup almost like at
home. (Yeah, this is a very typical Czech cuisine – and you really need good
Czech beer to enjoy it to the fullest!) Their humor is good and their spirits
really high, regardless of the worse-than-expected weather and the taxing work
that a lonely ascent of a team of 2 means in the current snow conditions.
Hopefully, the little pleasures will recharge their strength for Friday, when
they plan to return to their C2 and to attempt to build C3 afterwards. No one
else have been above the lower part of the Kinsshofer Wall this year yet and
other expeditions have not made much progress on that face of Nanga since last
week, making it quite obvious that Radek and Petr will again be left alone
when trying to make it up to C3, through the deep, unsettled snow.
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