Stikkordarkiv: Makalu Base Camp

Makalu Expedition 2014 – toppstøtet er i gang!

En god bit in i oktober – og mye har skjedd på Ekspedisjonen til Makalu!
Her kommer litt oppdateringer fra Madison Mountaineering:

«7th October 2014
After moving base camp 5.5 miles and 3,100 vertical feet up the Barun glacier and then climbing up to Camp 1 at 20,100 ft. on the Makalu standard North West route, today the team established Camp 2 at 21,210 ft. Garrett called in the following dispatch via satellite phone.
Hi, this is Garrett Madison calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Makalu expedition. Today is Tuesday October 7th. It’s 6:30pm and we are tucked in up at our Camp 2 on Makalu. Beautiful day climbing up from Camp 1 to Camp 2! We had clear skies. We could see for miles and miles in every direction and we are the only ones up here right now. Here’s a few down at Camp 1. But great to be up here on the mountain having a fantastic time. We are going to climb up towards Camp 3 tomorrow, probably come back down to this camp and then head down the following day. Everything’s going great and we’ll check in soon.»

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Og så har de kommet seg tilbake til Base Camp for å planglegge turen videre – her er en oppdatering fra dem derifra:

«11th October 2014
After a few nights up high on Makalu at elevations of approximately 21,000′ we are now back in base camp relaxing and enjoying the comforts of our camp. We accomplished our goal of stocking camps with gear and food, as well as acclimatizing to the higher altitudes.
We experienced perfect weather thus far, but we hear from our forecasting service that the weather is about to change. Apparently a storm is brewing in the bay of Bengal, and is moving north towards us, reaching our area on October 14th. We could have up to 12 inches of snow per day during this time. We are crossing our fingers and hoping a strong wind will appear and blow this low pressure system off track before it reaches us. The benefit of this storm is that it may push the jet stream (high winds), currently over the summit preventing a summit bid, north away from the mountain so that we have calm conditions for an extended period.
Our plan will be to rest a few days in base camp and see what happens…»

I Base Camp ble de fast noen dager i vente på godt vær…

«15th October 2014
Greetings from Makalu base camp!
The forecasted storm came and deposited about 30 centimeters of new snow in our base camp.
Currently the winds are still very high, we hope they will drop in a few days. We are waiting patiently here in base camp, enjoying the clear blue sky and sunshine during the day, and if the weather cooperates soon we will make our summit push.
Everything is good here, as we have plenty of nice food, books, movies and some very friendly Slovenian climbers to share the time with.
We will check in again soon,

Garrett Madison»

Så ENDELIG har det fått et værvindu – og igår startet de selve toppstøtet!

«18th October 2014
Here we go! The summit push is on! We spoke with Garrett a little while ago from Makalu base camp. According the tracking map, the team has just left base camp and is heading up to Camp 1 (6150m / 20,177ft.). Weather and conditions pending, the rough target for summit day is currently October 24th. Follow along with the team by visiting this dispatch page and monitor the real-time RainOn tracking. More details as we get them.»

Makalu kart okt 19

Følg med videre på denne spennende ekspedisjonen!

Maria for Vibs
Team Jentesport

Makalu Expedition 2014 – ny oppdatering!

Det er på tide med en liten oppdatering på Vibs sin ekspedisjon til Makalu!

I slutten av september hadde de sin Puja-seremoni etter noen akklimatiseringsturer og søk etter en plass å etabelere neste camp. Daten etter seremonien var planen om å flytte opp til denne campen.

«29th September 2014:

Yesterday we went for an acclimatization hike up to 19,000′ and found a good location for our advanced base camp on the South-East Ridge route. The hiking was mostly on rock and scree and we reached the snowy ridge line where we took a break before heading down.

Today we had our Puja ceremony in base camp. We built a small stone altar and burned juniper at it’s base; asking the mountain for safe passage. This ceremony is an essential part of any Himalayan climbing expedition in Nepal or Tibet and sometimes Pakistan as well, depending on who is on the climbing team. Now that we have completed this important ceremony we can begin climbing the mountain.

Tomorrow, our plan is to rest and organize equipment, then the following day move up to our advanced base camp (ABC) to spend a night or two to begin acclimatizing.

Garrett Madison / Madison Mountaineering»

Puja-seremoni

Etter noen bra dager i ABC-campen har de nå besluttet å endre rute for bestigelsen av Makalu. De kommer derfor flytte sin nåværende camp ca 760 meter høyere opp. Her ser de frem til å utforske den andre siden av fjellet og fra denne camp vil de ha flere valgmuligheter til den videre klatringa til topps.

«2nd October 2014:

We had a great time the last few days up at our advanced base camp on the South East Ridge. Great views of the surrounding peaks and fun climbing on the ridge line! We are now enjoying a rest day in base camp, with hot showers and great food!

We have decided to change our climbing route to the Northwest side of the mountain or what is the normal route via the Makalu La. This means we will move our base camp tomorrow up the Barun Glacier about 2500′ higher than our current camp, to approximately 18,500′ (5639m). We are looking forward to exploring this side of the mountain as we have not yet seen it from this angle. It’s great that our climbing permit allows us to climb on both sides.

We are doing well, the days are typically sunny and clear in the morning with clouds and some snow in the afternoon / evening.

We will check in again soon!
Garrett Madison / Madison Mountaineering»

Advanced camp

Vibs hilser så godt via Garrett og vi ønsker lykke til videre på den spennende ekspedisjonen!

Map Makalu Expedition 2014
Dette kart viser hvor Vibs er akkurat nå.

Makalu Expedition 2014 – Vibs rapporterer fra Base Camp

Lørdag formiddag dumpet det in en epost fra Vibs!
De har nå kommet seg til Base Camp Makalu og her følger en oppdatering fra turen så langt:

Makalu Base Camp - photo Garrett Madison

Her kommer en hilsen fra Base Camp Makulu 4865 m. Vi kom oss endelig over skydekket som vi har vanket rundt i en uke. Det var fantastisk å komme over skylaget og endelig få se de fantastisk vakre fjellene!

Vi har hatt en helt utrolig uke gjennom helt øde områder. Kan ikke tro at det bare er en uke siden vi fløy fra Kathmandu. Deretter kjørte vi i o dager på nesten ufrekomelige veier. Til slutt var de bare krøterstier igjen og vi startet fra 500 m og har steget jevnt opp hit til Base Camp på 4865 m.

Vi har vandret gjennom tykk regnskog og blitt spist av blodigler. Vi er de eneste ikke-lokale her og det har vært en opplevelse å bli invitert inn i steinhyttene deres og bli servert fersk yak-melk, yak-ost og nypoteter. Og langs hele ruten får vi stadig velsignelser og lykkeønsker. Vi har hatt regn det meste av vandreturen inn hit, så da vi endelig kom over skydekket og så fjellene var det helt magisk!

Igår hadde vi en deilig middag her i BC og vi fikk takket våre portere som nå drar hjem, og så rigget vi opp og hadde filmkveld i spiseteltet. Våre nepaesiske venner valgte film og det ble et herlig gjennsyn med Top Gun. Etter filmen kunne vi pusse tenner under en helt fabelaktig stjernehimmel med mange stjerneskudd.

Idag har vi hatt en hviledag her i BC. Vi har installert oss, vasket klær og kommet oss i orden. I morgen tar vi en liten akklimatiseringstur i nærområdet og mandag har vi Pudja-seremoni. Dette er en fin tradisjon for å be fjellets guder om tillatelse til å klatre det. Seremonien holdes av en lama.
Tirsdag satser vi på å klatre til Camp1 på ca 6000 m og muligens ha en natt der før vi kommer ned hit til BC igjen.

Vi er i god form og gleder oss!

Take care peeps!
/ Heia fra Vibs