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  Makalu 2010: Tunc Findik


Route to Camp 2

Namaste to our followers and friends from the Advanced Base camp of Makalu! This is Turkish climber Tunc Findik reporting.
 
These last days, we have climbed up to camp 2 at an altitude of 6700 metres, had a good night sleeping there and completed one more step on acclimatising to higher altitudes. As a team we are doing well and everybody seems to cope with altitude safely- this you could understand from our generally cheerful attitude. We are just back to our Advanced Base Camp and recovering- eating and sleeping well, as well as watching some movies on Arnold's superior home theatre system in our mess tent! As in unison, the weather for these few days are snowy and it is a good time to be resting back in base camp. Another good activity in base camp  is  drinking chang and rakshi (local home made alcohol!!) and making plans for future climbs,  our favorite pastime :-)

Camp 2

 
Our Sherpa team is doing a great work- without them we would be handicapped for sure. Dawa Sherpa of Loding is our Sirdar and Wongchu, Lhakpa, Temba and Kancha help him in his mission to organise things. Also our kitchen crew is performing miracles in creating different and delicious foods every time. We have a very fine team! 
 
Repeating shortly we have written in dispatches beforehand, the route up to camp 1 is pretty straightforward and the first quarter is just walking on the rocky moraine until the flat glacier begins. After that, with a rise in the glacier, we negotiated some small but hidden crevasses and climbed a 120 m. high ice wall to reach the great plateau where the camp 1 is situated at 6350 metres. This climb takes around 2 to 6 hours.
 
The route up to camp 2 is quite short and it involves some short steep steps of climbing in blue ice, and generally speaking, it is a gentle angle to reach camp 2, which is well hidden and protected at the base of some very stable ice cliffs. The climb up to camp 2 takes around 2 to 4 hours.  The view to the west is really breathtaking- you could see the fabled summits of Lhotse, Everest, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Gauri Shankar and many more stretching along the horizon, as well as the dry brown, ice clad hills of Tibet to the north.
 
Next time, our plan is to sleep again at camp 2 and  touch Makalu La (the north saddle of Makalu at 7440 metres) and this will make us ready for our summit attempt, which we plan around mid may, when the wind speeds at altitude are mostly lowest.
 
The weather in Makalu generally is very dry (as we are so near Tibet!) and the mornings are crystal clear, midday mostly brings clouds and wind with little snow sometimes, and nights are mostly calm and cold. These fist days of may, the temperatures seem to get warmer and this brings along some snow.
 
Best wishes
 
Tunc Findik
 
 

Earlier :Dear Everestnews readers,
 
We all came back down to ABC yesterday after spending our first night higher on the mountain.
 
The climb to C1 at 6350m was easier for everybody, acclimatisation is a very slow process.
 It´s all about spending time high on the mountain en going down again to the comforts of ABC to recover.
Everybody climbed to C1 before, so the 2nd time is easier, this process will continue for all our camps.
First time is hard, 2nd time is easy. The whole process to get a good acclimatistaion will take about one month.
 
During this time we will install our camps, C1 6350m, C2 6800m, C3 7450, C4 7800m and supply them with food, fuel, climbing gear etc.
If all this is in place and the weather is good, we can think about an summit attempt, but this is still a long time from now.
So far we only have a C1 and C2 and high on the mountain strong winds are still rageing, this makes it impossible to go much higher than 7000m at the moment.

 
Our first night in C1 was good and comfortable, actualy the was a lot less wind in the night as in ABC. What made sleeping easy, it was cold though -25 celcius.
After a good breakfast our Sherpa's whent up and secured some of the crevasses on the way to C2.
 
There are three teams of our size here, The German exp. from the DAV, Tjering Dorje Sherpa' s group French/American and our International exp.
So far the Germans are one week ahead of us on schedule and they are doing a great job fixing ropes to the Makalu La a very steep rock/ice climb to C3 the crux of the climb.
We try to back them up by carrying ropes up etc.
 
Our team will rest in ABC for two days now to recover, Tunc and me will put some ropes on the lower part of the glacie tommorow to secure some opening grevasses there1
 
So everything is fine and going according to plan, stay tuned for the next dispatch,
 
Arnold Coster, expedition leader
 

Earlier:

Namaste! This is Turkish climber  Tunc Findik reporting from Makalu advanced base camp.
All is good  here at 5700 metres, and after our puja ceremony of 22nd april, we have climbed to camp 1, situated on a glacier saddle 6350 metres high. Our team does well apart from occasional small health problems and everybody seems to acclimatise really well to altitude.
 
The climb to camp 1 is quite straightforward. We began by a scree gully, bypassing the lower seracs of the Chago glacier and took to the flat, dry glacier slope reaching a small ice wall, approx 100  metres high at around 6200 metres. There  are some crevasses to negotiate around and be careful, but it is surprising that the mountain is very dry- all blue ice and yellow- black rocks!

 

We made a storage tent at camp 1 and  tomorrow, by 25th april, we will be  climbing back up to camp 1 and explore camp 2 and beyond to 7000 metres.
 
The base camp is really comfortable for us- good food, good rest and superb views of Chamlang and other peaks around Makalu, not mentioning the majestic west wall of Makalu. The ABC is a very windy spot, which can border at annoying at times.
 
So- all the best to you our followers and supporters from Makalu- the black pyramid!
 
Tunc Findik

Earlier

Hello Everestnews readers,
 
Today we had a great "Puja", a ceremony to ask for the mountain favour to climb it. A "lama" buddist priest, prayed for our safe passage. we put our pray flags in abc, danced with the Sherpa's and met a lot off old friends from other expeditions we have climbed with on other peaks before.
 
Tommorow we will climb to camp 1 approx 6100m, leave some grear there and come back down to abc. The next couple off weeks this will be our life. Climb up to a higher altitude and then go down to rest again.
 
For now this is it, Arnold Coster 

Earlier

As we walked around the corner towards Shershong (4600m), the South East ridge of Makau unravelled itself with the summit rising a huge 3700m from base camp (BC). Arriving at BC (4700m) after 10 days on the trail marked the completion of the first stage of the expedition, which in itself provided some of the best trekking to be encountered in Nepal.
 
The journey to base camp started in Tumlingtar at just 400m above sea level and the gateway to the Arun Valley. Tumlingtar's tiny grass airstrip provides easy access to the trek in just a 45minute flight from Kathmandu. From here a two and a half hour jeep drive saves two days trekking in the heat of the lower altitude and takes us to Chichila (1850m). Here porters who are more than happy to recieve work in this remote trekking region of Nepal gather to collect their loads as we set off on our journey to BC. For the first three days we trek through small villages as the trail winds its way through dense rhododendrum forests. Every spare piece of flat land is terraced to support the growth of crops for the local communities. Each day we loose and gain height and eventually cross the massive Arun Khola (river) and reach Tashigoan (2100m), which is home for many porters. Tashigoan is like a station interchange and seems to be a compulsory stop before progressing onto the next stage of the trek, where T houses and porter accomodation is far and few between. After a day purchasing fresh meat and vegetables and finalising porter loads we set off Northwards on the ridge bounded by the Kasuwa Khola on the east and the Ipsurwa Khola on the west.
 
After an overnight stay in Khongma (3515m) we cross four passes and get the most amazing views of numerous Himylayan peaks including Kachenjanga and Makalu. The Shipton La (4200m) marks the high point of the day before we descend to the Barun Nadi (valley) which we follow for the final two days into base camp. At BC we sit and stare at the grandeur of Makalu towering directly above us. In three days time we will move our camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC) 5300m where we begin our climb.

Earlier: Arnold live WAV file , mpg file (same dispatch)

Earlier: Arnold live WAV file , mpg file (same dispatch)

Dear Everestnews reader,  Yesterday 7 april we finally flew to Tumlingtar. Our flight was scheduled at noon, but we had to wait on the waiter in Tumlingtar to improve. There where too much clouds hanging around the airport. There are no good navigation systems on the small airports here in Nepal, so if you can't see the runway you can't land. Luckely after a couple hours the weather cleared and we where able to go! It's only a 45 min flight, but our staff whent by truck and took them 2 days!

 Tumlingtar airport is just a grasstrip in the middle of some hills. A quiet warm place, because it's only 450m high.

After a nice Nepali meal and some beers we spent our first night in a village again and everybody had a good quiet sleep. No sound of traffic, planes, music. It's good to be out of Kathmandu!

 In the morning we drove by Landcruiser to Chichilla at 1850m, before this was a 2 day walk, but now with the dirtroad only 3 hours. We met all our staff there and they prepered a nice lunch for us. Tonight we will sleep in tents, these are going to be our home for the next 60 days!

 So evreything is fine, tommorow we will walk to Num at 1530m, the first of the eight days of walking to base camp...........

 Arnold Coster, expedition leader

 

Hello Everestnews readers,
 
Today I went to the ministery of tourism for our expedition briefing and we received our permit.
So everything is fine and we will be on the way soon.
 
Saturday all the climbing staff, Tunc Findik and me went to Lama Gyek Ombila Rimpoche to get our expedition blessed and pray for a safe passage on the mountain.

 
Our staff will leave 5am Monday morning by truck to Tumlingtar. First they will drive Hilli, a 16 hour drive and the next day to tumlingtar. Here they will arrange transport to Chichila for us. We can drive there over a small trail by 4x4 and pick up truck. From Chichila we will start trekking to Makalu base, this will take another eight days.
 
All members will arrive tomorrow, Monday, morning and afternoon. We will have a group dinner in the evening, but most of us already met before. Wednesday we will fly to Tumlingtar and catch up with the staff...............
 
Arnold Coster, expedition leader

Dear Everest news readers,

I am in Kathmandu for two weeks already preparing the Makalu expedition.

Already met Miss Hawley and got the latest information about the mountains condition and the other teams who are going to be up there.

Things are going well and I am almost finished packing. We roughly packed 2500 kg of gear meaning: tents, stoves, food, ropes, tables and chairs. We will have a full base camp setup with a big heated dinning tent, 2 toilets, shower, kitchen and staff dining. Electricity from solar power and even a projector to see some movies when we have to hang out in Base camp in case of bad weather or when we are resting. Everything is going to be carried up to Base camp by men power. For that we will need about 80 porters who will carry 30kg each for 7 days! These guys are though!

We have a strong international team of climbers all of us climbed multiple 8000m peaks before and for half the team climbing is their job.

Arnold Coster, the Netherlands, expedition leader

Tunc Findic, Turkish

Haris Kiriakakis, Greek

Mor Doron, Israeli

Guntis Brands, Swiss

Adele Pennington, British

Ron Rutland, British

We will be supported by the strongest Sherpa team I could find.

Dawa Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, Climbing Sirdar

Wongchu Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, high altitude climber

Lakpha Sherpa from Makalu, high altitude climber

Kanchha Sherpa from Solu Khumbu, high altitude climber

Pemba Chhhiri Sherpa, from Solu Khumbu, high altitude climber

Sange Sherpa from Makalu, head cook

Phuri Sherpa from Solukhumbu, assistant cook

Monday all members will arrive in Kathmandu and the plan is to fly to Tumlingtar on the 7th and start our expedition.

Stay tuned for more news,

Arnold Coster

Background: Outware treks & Expeditions is a family company run by Dutchmen Arnold Coster and his Nepali wife Maya Sherpa. Arnold and Maya go married in2003 and since then they lead many successful expedition and treks together. Both of them are expert climbers with many ascents on their name. They are friendly relax persons treating their clients as true guests. Because their country backgrounds they have extensive contacts in the east and the west, which you will see back in the quality of the treks and expeditions! Many of the world famous Sherpa’s are their family members and work together with them.

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