K2 WINTER POLISH EXPEDITION
23 February 2003
Silvio Mondinelli phoned Feb.21 :
First of all the members of Broad Peak Winter expedition would like to thanks the team of K2 winter expedition for the nice message that they wrote to them. They take this opportunity to send their motto: hold out and hopefully we will say to each other "OLA" from the top of the the 2 mountain that, if the weather conditions will change for the better, we will be able to reach. Gnaro (Silvio) in particular would like also to send a special "Good Luck" to his good friend Denis Urubko and hope to see him on Nanga Parbat next summer when it will be warmer!!!
The message from Netia K2 Winter K2 expedition to FILO Broad Peak Winter expedition:
All the members of Netia K2 Polish Winter Expedition are sending warm regards to you from the frozen world of North Face of K2. We are sorry that you have lost your equipment taken by the wind. Many of us know this situation from other winter expedition last years: to Nanga Parbat or Makalu when higher camps disappeared. We have got information from the senior of Pakistan meteorologist Muhammed Hanif, who sent us serious weather warning before 15th of February, that the weather system which came last week was the strongest since 50 years in Pakistan. We have hurricane [winds] like you, but thanks to Mr Hanif whose weather forecasts during our expedition are excellent, we tried to protect our camps before. Now we know that camp I (6030 m) survived. Denis Urubko and Marcin Kaczkan are there. We also see by monocular camp III (7150 m). The tent of camp II (6780 m) was put on a ground and cover by stones, so we have hope that also is not destroyed. We do not know what happened to camp IV (7630 m) because it is behind the rock and we can not see it from the base camp.
We repeated to Denis Urubko by the radio your message. All the best to Silvio.
You lost everything. We are inviting you for a good dinner with warm friendship! But seriously we would like to share with you our last weather forecast. You can not believe, but read it, please.
On behalf of the team of Netia Polish K2 Winter Expedition
The stars are visible
Friday was the start of a mountain operation that can be regarded as the attack on the summit of K2. It should last about a week. Krzysztof Wielicki, the head of the expedition, has been encouraged to start the attack by a weather improvement.