EXPEDITION "EVEREST 2003"
April, 2003 Andrey Ershov:
days of rest and recuperation at BC after the work on the North Col and 7500 are
coming to the end. Marina Ershova and Anatoly Moshikov are in a good health, Tom
Masterson is full of power and now the expedition team is ready to continue their
hard work on the high altitude. The main goal of their third altitude trip is
installation of Camp 2 on 7800 and portage of food, gas and other necessary things
there. It is clear that without help of climbing Sherpas it is a very difficult
and hard work. If all is OK, the team will try to climb upper to 8300. They hope
that the other expeditions did not lose the time and fixed ropes to the place
of Camp 2.
Yesterday four team members - Nikolay Totmyanin, Vladimir Gaidamak,
Vladimir Belous and Andrey Dulskiy - went up to ABC. The rest of the team including
the expedition cook and our doctor Dmitry Pryutts will go to ABC today - tomorrow.
trekking party has flown to Nepal and after their journey along Tibet they will
arrive at BC around May 5. They will bring to our expedition members gifts and
regards from their friends and relatives, as well as sausage and bacon, which
there were stolen by yak drivers during the installation of ABC.
expedition photos !
1 on the North Col, 7010 m
of Mt. Everest and climbing route from the North Col
24, Marina Ershova:
from Camp 1 to 7500
am calling from BC - we all came down for rest after our second walk to the North
Col and upper. On April 18 Oleg Nasedkin and me went up to ABC and reached it
on April 19, the other members left BC and reached ABC on April 19. The next day
we spent at ABC because of bad weather. On April 21 we climbed the North Col and
found our Camp 1 destroyed, maybe, by wind. We were forced to install our tents
again and spent a night on the Col. On April 22 we climbed up along the North
Ridge to the altitude about 7500-7800 m but we didn't find any fixed ropes there.
Then Moshnikov, Totmyanin and Gaidamak decided to spend the second night on the
North Col and the others came down to ABC. During our descent we saw many Sherpas
- maybe they went up to fix ropes above the North Col. On April 23 we all - from
ABC and from the North Col - came down to BC.|
I think we will spend about three
- four days at BC for rest and recuperation. Our doctor taught our Nepalese cook
to make a Russian soup - "shchi" and it was a big surprise for us!