(Newsdesk) With the summits of the first climbers on Makalu and the unfortunate death of a Chinese climber, the rest of the teams who arrived later on the mountain, experienced high winds with their rotation to Camp 2, 6600m. Today Samuli Mansikka from Finland tweeted from BC that there are still strong winds above 7000 meters.
Standard route - Northwest Ridge
Arjun Vajpai (19) and Asian Trekking
Arjun's mom, Priya Vajpai, updated ExplorersWeb about his and the Astrek team's position. "The team has reached Advance Base Camp. They completed their rotation to Camp 2. The team is feeling very good and in high sprits. They are working out the best weather window for their summit." Mrs. Vajpai also mentioned that Arjun is updating on Facebook.
Guide Gia Tortladze reported on April 29 that the night's stay at Camp 2 was like hanging out of a super fast moving train, "wind speeds were approx. 60km/hr... felt I would go flying along with my tent!"
The young Indian girl Krushna Patil also reported about the high winds in her tweets.
Names of the other team members are in the ExplorersWeb list
Last week Kinga Baranowska and Rafal Fronia went up to their Camp 1 at 6,300 m spent a night there, moved to 6600 m (Camp 2) and descended to the Base Camp. "The route to Camp 2 is full of crevasses (there are some fixed belay ropes) and this year there's also very little snow though some of the steep sections are heavily covered with ice. Crampons with really good prongs are highly recommended," said Kinga.
Yesterday she reported they are going up to continue the acclimatization process. "The weather forecast is constantly changing but according to the current one, the conditions should be quite decent." Temperatures are dropping though.
Solo Don Bowie
The latest report from Don Bowie was on April 26 when he reported about the first summits and death of the Chinese climber. If you have missed Don's description of his arrival in Kathmandu, checking in on KTM airport, and the flight to Lukla, in the live stream on ExWeb, do yourself a favor and read The Trip into Makalu... Part 1.
Solo Samuli Mansikka
On his first rotation the Finn went up to 6600m (his Camp 1), but it was too windy to go higher, he said. Today he planned to start with his second rotation from BC. "Hopefully the winds will allow us to reach Makalu La [7300m], put up my camp two and spend a night there to finalize my acclimatizing before the summit push." The winds didn't as he stayed put.
No new news from Stephan Siegrist and the Swiss team. They plan alpine style, no porters and no O2.
Makalu 27,825ft / 8481m
Kinga Baranowska's website
Kinga Baranowska on Facebook
Rafal Fronia on Facebook
Don Bowie's website
Don Bowie on Facebook
Arjun Vajpai on Facebook
Asian Trekking (Astrek) blog
Krushna Patil's blog
Krushna Patil on Twitter
Gavin Vickers on Twitter
Samuli Mansikka website
Samuli Mansikka on FB
Samuli Mansikka on Twitter
Azim Gheychisaz on Facebook
Azim Gheychisaz's website
Stephan Siegrist website
Stephan Siegrist on Facebook
ExplorersWeb list of Expeditions and websites
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