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Bad weather delayed scent of Zhumayev's expedition

04 july 2011, 17:20
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Maksut Zhumayev. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
Maksut Zhumayev. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
K2 mount. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
K2 mount. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
International expedition to K2, also called Chogori, cannot start working on the mount route because of the bad weather, Kazakhstan alpinist Maksut Zhumayev told Tengrinews.kz.

“We did not get out of the base camp today. It was snowing all night and all day today. 5-7 cm of snow fell in the advance camp. Based on our experience, we decided to wait for a better weather and postpone our ascent. The forecasts say that the weather will get better soon and we will be able to resume the work,” Zhumayev said.

He also told about the team's mood: “We are staying in the base camp and watching the snowfall, so the mood is nostalgic. We all want warmth, green colors, want to walk on the grass, rather than sitting under the snow and walking on ice. But the mood is optimistic and we plan to start ascending tomorrow. It is good to stay in the base camp, but time passes by and we need to work. We will not reach the top if we don't work.”

“Currently there are nine people and three sheep which came to us yesterday by themselves,” Zhumayev said. Besides alpinists, there are two cooks and a guide in the base camp. Sportsmen say that there is no point in keeping additional personnel on the mount. “One cook can make the food. Next week we will hold a small contest and decide who of the cooks, Abdul or Muhamed, cooks the best,” Zhumayev said.

July 1 the expedition installed the advance camp on a glacier at the foot of K2 and unloaded 300 kg of equipment required for ascending. Now the team is waiting for a good weather to make their first attempt to ascend the mount.

The goal of the expedition is to ascent the most northern eight-thousander: the 8611 meter tall Chogori. It is located in the Karakorum mountain range in Kashmir province (at the border between Pakistan and China). This is the sixth attempt to ascent K2 for Zhumayev.

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