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A brief update on the HI-TEC V-LITE
Nanga Parbat-K2 Expedition : Faced with the weather forecast predicting a
change in the weather several days from now, Radek Jaros and Petr Masek
changed their plans of yesterday and instead of returning to the BC they are
trying to push forward and reach C4. There is enormous amount of snow on the
traverse, still unsettled, so they may not succeed (in a party of just two).
And it certainly it is pretty dangerous. They are in our thoughts.
Earlier Update: Radek Jaros and Petr
"Meeska" Masek, aka HI-TEC V-LITE Nanga Parbat-K2 Czech Expedition, left the
BC at 2AM on Friday and arrived to their C2. Today, they continued up and
successfully established their C3. It has been 23 days since they had built C2
and after three climbs to the C2.
No one else has been above
the C2 this year yet, but two other climbers made it to above the Kinshofer
Wall yesterday and built their C2
more details based on a call
with Radek, who is currently spending a night at 6800m on NP.
Radek Jaros and Petr "Meeska"
Masek, aka HI-TEC V-LITE Nanga Parbat-K2 Czech Expedition, left the BC at 2AM
on Friday and arrived to their C2 during the morning. It was their third climb
to the C2 since June 2, but the weather and the record 5-year snow mass didn't
let them further up before.
No other expeditions have
been up to the C2 until Friday, but on Friday two other climbers reached the
top of the Wall and established their C2. It is still part of their
acclimatization, so they would not continue further above C2, at this stage.
At 5AM on Saturday, Radek and
Petr set to climb to C3. The snow mass is, according to Radek's telephone
call, still enormous and still rather unsettled. The climb and braking the
trail in a party of two, constantly sinking up to their knees or even
waist, was horribly taxing. It took them 12 hours to reach the place for the
C3 at 6800m and two more hours to build the tent.
In the traverse above C3,
there is still a huge mass of unsettled snow, which will be very hard to brake
in a group of just two. Therefore, Radek and Petr plan to return down to the
BC on Sunday and to give the snow 2-3 more days to fall down or to settle --
and their bodies to recover before they launch a summit bid.
The "real fun" of the entire
12-hour climb from C2 to C3 was 300 vertical meters of clear water ice. Petr
("Meeska") was in the lead. It took 3 hours to climb this part.
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