Makalu, Nepal, 17.04.04,
still sending from Basecamp.
Report from Stian:One hour
from now - Sven, Mick, Pepino and the two Dawa's are leaving basecamp (5700m)
for our first summit-attempt! Me and Brit will be joining them up in the
mountain tomorrow as the second attempt. We all need minimum 4 days to the
summit. If we succeed, this will be one of the fastest accends of Makalu
through all times. The winds has been terrible the last 4-5 days and we have
all stayed here in bc -trying not to get on each others nerves. Now the
weather is beautiful and we hope it will continue to be like this for many,
many days. Best regards from Stian.
Report from Brit:
A day in the basecamp: We are "sleeping" (except several visits out of the
sleeping bag for "pissing" during the night) in separate tents and a smiling
sherpa is waking us up with morning tea and biscuit when daylight is coming.
My tent is very close to the stupa and I can hear Sherpas are coming every
morning for praying and burning the juniper. Then we are offered a bowl with
warm washing water! Breakfast is served by Singi Sherpa and Lakpa Sherpa and
Anpasang our kitchen boy; porrigde, eggs, check ham (from Pepino), chapaties
and tea and hot water. Then some of us starts up the PC, takes more than 1
hour because of low temperature, but we have plenty of time. Looking for new
mailes and sending some....if satellite telephone gives steady signals, which
surprises us every day. Basecamp is situated on a morene at the edge of
beautiful gletcherfalls, and in all directions there are beautiful mountains
and Makalu is the queen! We are all humbled when we are looking up for her
summit. After lunch in the mess tent, we have a rest in our tents for
sleeping, listening to music or reading books. Then dinner before going to
sleep again. Because BC is 5700m every movement is slow, and we are
acclimatizing in a different speed. In the last couple of days to other
expeditions are arriving, one from UK and one German/Spanish. If health and
weather will be good, we will all start the long way of climbing to higher
camps. I send all my best greetings to everybody visiting the website, to my
family and to all busy working colleagues in Alliance apotek, and to all .Best
regards from Brit.
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