K2 WINTER POLISH EXPEDITION
10 February 2003
Silence at the table
On Sunday, the mountain was smoking with snow, blown off by a strong wind. Denis Urubko, Piotr Morawski and Marcin Kaczkan have reached camp III. The tent has endured the wind. At this altitude, the temperature is -35 -40C. "The wind was blowing strong and it's terribly cold", - says Piotr Morawski over the radiotelephone. "We measured the altitude of the camp with the GPS. It is 7150 m. Denis is worried that this is very low".
" The poles are holding, only the tent's envelope is torn. Somebody has walked over it with crampons", - reported Denis Urubko. Wind permitting, we'll try to climb higher tomorrow and establish fixed ropes as far as possible. But the three of us won't work any wonders. We need support. We need strong teams, carrying equipment, bringing equipment to the camps, taking care of the tents and creating bases of supply, who will then replace us.
We listened to Denis' words at the base in the evening. The wind was pulling at the tents. The penetrating chill would not let us rest.
"Who's going up tomorrow?", - asked Krzysztof Wielicki, the head of the expedition. He was faced with a wall of silence. "I can't force anybody. All I can do is appeal ", - he asked. Everybody was starring at their plates.
Monika Rogozinska "Rzeczpospolita" from the base under K2. Feb. 9, 2003
(Polish - English translation: "Scrivanek")