From Stu in USA office
May 24, 2010 4:30pm EST (GMT - 5)
Just off the phone with Fabrizio and Joelle and they were putting on their boots and getting ready to head out into the inky crisp night at 7650m and make a bid for the top of Makalu. Fabrizio said the temperatures were likely in the -30°C range with no wind and no snow so a bit crispy but great conditions for a try!
At least one other team has begun their push a few hours ahead of them and they hope to catch up along the way. Their ability to move with good speed will be an important part of being able to try for the top in this cold and hypoxic environment.
Good friends of Fabrizio topped out on 8000m peaks this morning - Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner on Everest this morning (for her 13th 8000m Peak) and FTA guide Chris Szymiec on Cho Oyu (for his first) and Fabrizio sends his congratulations to both! The good vibes from their summits will be great inspiration for our team!!
Fabrizio left a few short audio dispatches from the remote world of C4 - enjoy!