Martin Minarik after reaching high on Annapurna turned around, and started
down the mountain. Martin did not reach base camp. The search for Martin Minarik,
the great Czech mountain climber, continues, and has continued (don't believe
trash posted on the web by others.) Martin's family has asked that we not
report until this report, so we have not...
The details at this point are not important; what is
important is getting Martin down...
From Martin's family: "We contacted Mr. Tendy Sherpa, owner of the
expedition agency and we are still in persistent contact with him. Research
with helicopter and the best people who are available including Martin's
friend Temba, llama and cook in one person, has not been called off but is
still proceeding. On Sunday, Apr 26, the helicopter discharged four
full-equipped Sherpas in this area with the aim to continue in search for
Martin. We give next information not until the searching will be finished.
Earlier: Since Friday, Apr 15th, Expedition Annapurna 2009 is ongoing only in a
couple Martin and Elisabeth; Dodo is leaving Nepal this week. They are
approaching Roc Noir from Machapuchare BC, ascending east side of the ridge.
*Apr 14th* - Five days on route, three days of complicated climbing. Roc
Noir and 7km Annapurna's ridge in sight. Sufficient gas and food. No wind not
even on the ridge. We are on the big plateau over Singu Chuli. Eli showed
great climbing skills and lot of courage.
*Apr 15th* - The altimeter shows 6700m. It's nice hot weather. In the
afternoon occasionally wind gusts.
*Apr 16th* - We're staying in miserable weather about 200m below the
Annapurnas ridge. We will decide according to the wind which way we'll
choose. Whether to the west ridge to Annapurna or to the east across big ice
barrier to Manang. The descent will not be the same way. We are OK and have
beautiful views to the south wall and Machapuchare. Idiot wind!