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Zhumayev evaluated the situation on K2 before ascending

06 july 2011, 17:59
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Maksut Zhumayev. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
Maksut Zhumayev. Photo courtesy of Maksut Zhumayev
International expedition to K2 has set a camp to run preparatory works for ascending Chogori. According to Kazakhstan alpinist Maksut Zhumayev, the team has already evaluated the snow condition.

“The place where we have put the tents is safe and snowslides will not reach here. There is not much snow in this area. Snow was knee high in 2007. It is now only overshoe. This is quite optimistic. Tomorrow we will move towards the mount and will see, but there is hope that there is not much snow over there and the mount is safer than we thought,” Zhumayev said.

Alpinists will live in two tents in this camp: "There is a place for everyone here. Gerlinda and her husband Ralf live in one tent and the international group of an Argentinean, a Polish and two Kazakhs live in the other one. We all know each other for a few years, we took part in different expeditions, that’s why we don’t think there will be any misunderstandings.”

The expedition participants have made a plan of work for the nearest time. “We made two plans for passing the first dangerous pass between this and the second camp. Tomorrow we will start working, we’ll fix the ropes and install equipment. The plan is to set the second camp at 6,300 meters above the sea level and the third one at 7,100-7,300 meters. The last, fourth, camp will be set at 8,000 meters, there is a good flat area to set the tent over there,” Kazakhstan sportsmen said.

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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