Brief Update, 19 August 2011 – Camp II (6,600 m):
After the four climbers had spent a very exhausting night in a small bivouac tent on the rocky shoulder between Camp I and Camp II, Gerlinde, Maxut, Vassily and Darek reached Camp II at 3.30pm Chinese time.
The conditions were extremely difficult and they had to wade through hip-deep snow in some parts. Snow conditions and trail breaking permitting, they will be climbing to Camp III (ca. 7,250 m) tomorrow.
Tommy Heinrich and Ralf Dujmovits have arrived at base camp safe and sound.
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner’s and Ralf Dujmovits’ home team