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15:36 p.m. EDT May 22, 2003
Carlos Pauner is alive and back down in base camp!!! He was last seen descending from the summit of Kangchenjunga on May 20th, but disappeared and never returned to Camp III, 7600m. At the time there were very high winds and low visibility.

Then today, two days after he disappeared high on Kangchenjunga, just when all hope was about lost, Carlos called his wife and daughter at 1800 hrs Spanish time and was nearing base camp. Two Sherpas left base camp to meet him - Carlos managed to make it down by his own power.

He has spent two nights outside in the open and has not drank or ate in 3 days.

Earlier, two of his teammates went out from base camp in search of Carlos, but were unsuccessfull.

Kangchenjunga, 8586m, is the third highest mountain in the world. It was first summited in 1955 and was the last of the big three to be climbed (Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga.) Kangch is a more difficult climb than Everest and has only had 172 summits. 40 have lost their lives on this mountain giving it a very high fatality rate 23%.

Carlos is an experienced mountaineer who has summited 4, 8000m peaks K2, Makalu, Broad Peak, and just recently, Kangchenjunga.

Image of Carlos Pauner earlier in the expedition courtesy of CarlosPauner.com

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