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11k ft camp

June 4, 2010

RO

30 mai (2200m alt): Dimineata am fost din nou la Ranger Station pentru a doua parte a prezentarii. In asteptarea vremii bune am mai pierdut vremea prin oras si pe la amiaz am zburat spre ghetar (Kahiltna Base Camp) cu un avion mic tip Cessna de 4+1 locuri. Am montat tabara si am organizat o parte din echipament. Informatiile pee care le aveam si evidenta la fata locului indicau vreme calda si zapada moale.

31 mai (2950m alt): dimineata am pornit spre prima tabara (Kahiltna Pass). Ne-am oprit cateva ore la North East Fork (Ski Hill camp 2500m alt) unde am ingropat o parte din echipamentul pentru Cassin si spre seara am continuat spre Kahiltna Pass Camp (2950). Daca la Ski hill era sa fac insolatie drumul spre KPC  l-am facut in ceata deasa si ninsoare. Am organizat tabara si am dormit tun.

KBC – NE Fork: 5h / NE Fork – KPC: 3h.

1 iunie (3350m alt): dimineata am impachetat si am pornit spre 11k ft Camp (3350m alt). Zi scurta din punctul de vedere al timpului de mers insa trecem dincolo de pragul de 3000m. Facem distanta intre cele doua tabere in 3h si instalam tabara. Seara incepe sa ninga si continua asa toata noaptea.

2 iunie (3350m alt): asa cum ma asteptam si cum am patit si pana acum trecerea dincolo de 3000m inseamna durere de cap si rau. Noaptea am avut cosmaruri si azi dimineata m-am trezit cu o stare generala de rau. Nu am ce sa fac decat sa stau si sa astept. Fiziologia are acum ultimul cuvant si trebuie sa imi las corpul ssa se obisnuiasca cu altitudinea. Tom, care se simte mult mai bine, a urcat azi spre tabara urmatoare (Basin Camp 4330m alt) si si-a lasat o parte din bagaj la 3/4 din drum. Eu am stat in tabara toata ziua cu durerea mea de cap. Maine ar trebui sa pornim devreme. Prognoza meteo de ieri indica 5 zile de vreme proasta si furtuna. Furtuna nu a fost insa vremea este extrem de schimbatoare. Sper la o noapte mult mai buna si la o recuperare totala pana maine dimineata.

EN

30 May  (2200m alt): in the morning we went to the Ranger`s Station for the second part of the briefing. Spent some more time in town and in the early afternoon flew ontto the glacier. We set camp and sorted some gear. The reports, as well as the evidence on the site, indicated warm weather and soft snow.

KBC – NE Fork: 5h / NE Fork – KPC: 3h.

31 May (2950m alt): we left in the morning for Kahiltna Pass Camp. We cached the Cassin gear at North East Fork (extremely hot) and we camped at Kahiltna Pass Camp. Whiteout and light snow.

1 June (3350m alt): we leave in the morning for the 11k ft camp and we cover the distance in 3hs. Short day but we move now above 3000m. We set the camp. In the evening it starts to snow and will continue so throughout  the night.

2  June (3350m alt): as I was expecting, and as always seems to happen to me, crossing the 3000m threshold means nightmares and headache… This time happened again. Bad night and unpleasant morning. I am taking a rest day in camp  letting my physiology catch up with the altitude. Tom, who is feeling way better, took off on the way to the next camp (Basin Camp 4330m alt) and left a cache with his stuff 3/4 of the way up. Yesterday’s forecast promissing 5 days of bad weather and storms comes true on the bad weather part. Tomorrow we should start early. I am hoping for a better night and a full recovery by tomorrow morning.

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