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Babanov on Nuptse in hurricane winds
16:53 p.m. EDT Oct 21, 2003
The weather forecast warned of the jet wind hitting Everest and the Everest Wally Berg team had to abort their push for today. Now Babanov too reports very high winds:

Latest from BC:

The second day of final attempt. Nuptse. BABANOV- KOSHELENKO (21.10.2003)

"October 21st. Irina Agarkova reports from BC:

Strong storm wind has started in the night time. It tried to tore tents even in BC. Huge snow plumes are on the ridge of Lhotse and Nuptse. But in spite of this, the boys started from Camp 1 below the Devil Tower and 4 p.m. they reached Camp 2 at 6 900m. The camp (pic) is set between the top of the Tower and the upper buttress. In the evening the climbers reported that the wind was now hurricane level and the team will make plans tomorrow depending on the weather. Valery and Yura feel good and wish good luck to all."

Irina Agarkova, BC
5 p.m. local time

It is Valery Babanov's third attempt on the peak in one year. Prior to Nuptse, Babanov made a remarkable solo first ascent on northern wall of Meru Central peak (the "shark fin ") in 2001. Joining him this year is Yuri Koshelenko.

Americans Fabrizio Zangrilli and Billy Pierson are also going for Nuptse East, however, they were acclimatizing on the Bonington route and are now climbing a new line adjacent to Babanov's.

Image of the May expedition of Kammerlander on Nuptse. The current Camp 2 is located in the same place. Courtesy of Bask.ru

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