Monthly Archives: May 2011

Report from camp 2

Today Alexia called to France and I, Anna, am translating from Expes.com (en français): [ what Philippe call camp 2, Expes.com call camp 1 ] A part of the team left camp base this morning to go directly up to camp 2. Tomorrow they will have a rest day while the rest of the team […]
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We go!

The Russians team left BC this morning for their summit bid. We are all now ready to go. The weather window is confirmed and we plan to summit the night of the 16-17th. We’ll leave tomorrow morning straight for the camp 2 where we will spend 2 nights. Then move to camp 3 on the […]
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Melting cheese with white wine, potatoes, real bread… and summit 16–17 May?

Today was supposed to be the second day of bad weather but finally it was not so bad. Like almost every day since we arrived, the mornings are very sunny, then the clouds cover the sky around lunch time and it snows a couple of cm during the night. It’s also getting warmer every day […]
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Nice photos of the higher camps on Expes.com

Philippe Gatta in base camp. © Ludovic Challeat For more images, visit Expes.com’s blog. They posted many nice photos today! More information on Kangchenjunga expedition Plus d’informations sur ExpĂ©dition au Kangchenjunga
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Weather window May 12-15?

Alexia, Ludo, Gorgan and Ben came back from Ramche so we are now all in BC. It’s the same for all teams, everybody is at BC waiting for a good weather windows for the summit push. It seems that there is perhaps a window May 12-15. So we have to decide quickly. Finally it snowed […]
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The waiting game continues

Kangchenjunga seen from a hill above Ramche. Photo: Philippe Gatta The waiting game continues. I guess only a few people are still high up in the mountain. Almost everyone is back down at base camp, either recovering from the previous climb or waiting for a good weather window for the summit push. Regine, Cedric and […]
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Update from base camp

At 8am we had our radio call with Regine, Cedric and Pemba who were at the C3 (7200m). They had a bad night; cold (-20°C in the tent with 4 people) and very windy. As forecasted, a strong wind has blown all night long and is still blowing. From the base camp we can see […]
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Rest day at BC

Yesterday Jean-Marc came back to the base camp shortly after I sent the dispatch. He was in camp 2 trying to reach C3 for his acclimatization but it snowed 50cm the night before, burying all the tents. It was cold and too hard to break the trail so he decided to go down. Today Jean-Marc […]
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BC – Frozen lake (5150m) – BC

It didn’t snow in the last 24h, that’s the first time since we are here. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the next 7 days is not good enough for a summit push. After the next 2 days of good weather, the wind will pick up again in high altitude, then thunderstorms and snow showers are […]
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BC – 6000m – BC

Philippe reports: I feel very good, this morning I went back up to 6000m for a short round trip after the breakfast. 2h back and return with a good feeling. Ben, Ludovic and Alexia will walk down to Ramche to rest 2-3 days and Jean-Marc, RĂ©gine and Cedric are all above BC to continue their […]
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