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Zhumayev's expedition will start ascending K2 on July 6

05 july 2011, 17:59
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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 Chogori moved to the camp where the preparatory works for ascending K2 will be made. Tomorrow, July 6, the sportsmen are planning their first advancement up to Chogori, Maksut Zhumayev told Tengrinews.kz.

“We have not moved any further that the advance camp yet. We are currently walking on the glacier and inspecting the road. The main task for today is to set the camp. We are carrying tents and the required amount of food. We are spending the night in the first camp, which is 5,300 meters above the sea level. Depending on the snow condition, we will try to move towards the second camp,” Zhumayev said.

The group walking to the camp consists of six people. Everyone carries 20 kg of equipment and food.

Zhumayev also told about the way the team communicates: "Vassiliy Pivtsov and I speak Russian to each other, while Darrek from Poland who learned Russian at school interprets helping us communicate to his friends,” the alpinist said.

Earlier Tengrinews.kz English reported that the expedition's ascent got delayed for several day because of the bad weather. It is not yet possible to find out the conditions on K2. “The mount is snowy and it is not possible to say anything before we actually step on the snow crust. Today our task is to find out how dangerous the mount is. We will start tomorrow morning, when the snow is hard and solid to the maximum.”

International expedition to K2 started on June 16. Since then the alpinists managed to set base and advance camps. 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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