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Location of Zhumayev's advance camp will depend on donkeys

30 june 2011, 14:17
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Maksut Zhumayev. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
Maksut Zhumayev. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
Participants of the international expedition to K2, also called Chogori, continue lifting equipment to the intermediate camp. Maksut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov from Kazakhstan along with Austrian alpinist Gerlinda Kaltenbrunner are exploring the path that lies ahaed.

“We are currently at the intermediate camp. We are discussing the location of our Advance Base Camp. The thing is that our donkeys can only go as far as the intermediate camp. They do not want to go any higher because there is ice over there, faults, cracks and rivers,” Zhumayev said.

Today, June 30, three alpinists will try to reach the Advance Base Camp (ABC). "We have to figure out how far the donkeys would be able to take the ropes and other equipment needed for the ascent,” the alpinist added.

The expedition participants spent their night in intermediate camp. “We put up four tents here, three small ones and one large tent. The weather is good. It was snowing in the morning. I can see Chogori and its Northern side that leads to the top,” the Kazakh climber said.

He also told Tengrinews.kz about their acclimatization process. “Our breathing is a little labored. Bending to pick up a stone one feels dizzy. But this is normal. Active acclimatization process will start on the mountain.”

Zhumayev also told about his Kyrgyz colleagues who are now ascending one of the neighboring mounts in the Himalayas, Nanga-Parbat. Earlier Tengrinews.kz English reported that they warned Zhumayev on difficult ice conditions in the Himalayas.

"Ice condition is not the worst while roblem. The weather forecast for Karakorum has strong winds at the height of 7-8 thousand meters until July 5. It will not affect our work, but the guys on Nanga-Parbat have to be very careful. We hope that everything goes fine and they come back home safe and sound,” the alpinist shared his concerns.

Today three other participants of the expedition to K2 - Ralf Dujmovits, Darek Zaluski and Tommy Heinrich - will continue lifting equipment and food to the intermediary Italian camp.

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