Christine Feld Boskoff CEO
of Mountain Madness
and now a 2 time summiter of Everest
Dispatches: Dispatch #5 -
June 27, 2005
Greetings from basecamp. The weather remains clear and hot and we wonder, “how
long will it last?” Today we took showers and rearranged basecamp, as it is
melting out fast. We made a carry up to a depot on the glacier yesterday
morning. At 1am tonight we will go from basecamp to camp 1, where we will
spend a couple of nights. While at camp 1 we will work on pushing the route to
camp 2 along with several other teams. Conditions on the mountain are snowy,
and with the continued hot weather, avalanches are constantly falling all
around. Joe, Nick, Megan and I are doing great, feeling strong, and ready to
get on the mountain.
Dispatch #4 - June 22, 2005
We arrived at basecamp yesterday morning under sunny skies. Today is even
nicer, with great views of all the peaks. We got a good look at the route on
G2 - it looks snowy but straightforward. This morning we took a short hike up
the icefall above camp to stretch out and assess conditions. Tomorrow, before
sunrise, we will hike up the icefall towards camp 1 and drop a load of gear.
In a few days we will climb all the way to camp 1 and spend the night. The
whole team is doing great and having fun.
Dispatch 3 - June 16, 2005: (Paiyu) A few days ago Joe, Megan, Nick and I
drove by jeep to the trailhead at the village of Askole, where we met the rest
of our team. Guiding us to basecamp will be Manzoor. Our high altitude porters
are Mohammed Siddiq and Ezet Ullah, both of whom have climbed G2 before, among
other high peaks. Our cook is Farman Ali, who was also the cook in 2002 when
Chris Boskoff and I went to K2. That night he made us a special meal of rice,
potatoes and capsicum.
The next morning after our porters had divided up our loads, we hit the trail
to basecamp. it was a 6 hours hike to camp at Jhola (10,000 ft.) yesterday we
continued the trek up the Braldu River Gorge to Paiyu camp. Last night the
porters were in a festive mood, with much dancing and singing. Today we are
taking a rest day in Paiyu, before the final push to basecamp, where we should
arrive on the afternoon of June 20.
The weather is good today, and the forecast for the next few days is for clear
weather, as well. Everyone is doing fine and in good spirits. Cheers, Charlie
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