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expedition 2004: Update 10
Update 10: Yesterday
Joost, Greg and Herman left base camp for OC&C camp 1. After a six hour walk,
Greg was a little faster, we all were very happy to have lunch at OC&C camp 1.
The rest of the afternoon we drank a lot of water and Isostar, we melted snow
and ice and we had some hartkeks to eat. We also spent some time in our tent
resting. Meanwhile the Sherpa's were doing a great job. They were fixing the
ropes up to Fugro camp 2. Due to a heavy storm in the morning they started a
bit later then they expected. Therefore they reached 2/3 of the way to Fugro
camp 2. Ang Pemba was great fixing the rope at the most technical part: very
steep blank ice at the bottom of the ice cliff. After making diner in the tent
we all had a good night rest.
Today Joost, Greg and the Sherpa's started at 08.30hr climbing to Fugro Camp
2. Only at 16.00hr they all arrived at Fugro camp 2 (7080 m). It was a very
hard day and they all were very glad to arrive there. For Joost, Greg and Ang
Pemba this was a new altitude record. They all hope to better this record
tomorrow and the next coming week! Tonight Joost, Greg and Ang Pemba sleep at
Fugro camp 2. Tomorrow they will climb to Vicks camp 3 and then descent to OC&C
camp 1 or base camp. Pemba and Pasang prefer to sleep at OC&C camp 1. Tomorrow
they will put Vicks camp 3 in place and fix some more ropes.
Herman:' After reaching OC&C camp 1 yesterday I was very happy. Not only was
it a new altitude record for me (6425 m). It was also one of my goals during
this expedition to sleep there one night. Getting to OC&C camp 1, climbing the
screeslope, it was the most heavy climb I've ever done. I was completely
exhausted getting there. Some drinks and mackrel did me very good. I didn't
have any complaints, so good acclamatized. During the night I slept in a tent
with one layer. At midnight I measured minus 19 degrees C. Brrr. Luckily
Demmenie Sport provided us with very warm sleeping bags so I actualy slept
quite well. This morning I said goodbye to the rest of the team as they were
leaving for Fugro camp 2. After a three hour descent I was back in base camp.
From there I can clearly oversee the mountain with my binoculars. I am able to
see almost every step they make. I was very happy to see everybody reaching
Fugro camp 2. Pemba and Pasang: 'we are good in OC&C camp 1, we are making
thee and food. No problems. Tomorrow we come up again'. When Joost and
Greg are back in base camp you'll get more personal updates!
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