As always the phone has rung out unexpectedly. First my questions were “Are you OK and where you are?”
"... We are fine. We have just come down to the Base Camp. “Valery calms me. After my several chaotic questions Valery starts to tell me the details of the ascent. “Our ascent was under the threat of failure; the stone has hit Viktor on a head. We don’t want to tell you or anybody else about that in order not to spread panic.”
On July 29th Valery and Viktor start climbing a new route on the SW wall of G-I. They were feeling well and the weather was excellent. On a second night of there climb from July 30 to 31 the stone fell down. It passed through the tent and hit Viktor on a head. “Was it big one?” I asked Valery. “Who knows, we didn’t even see it. We were slipping when it happened” he answered. The rest of the night they tried to stop bleeding by making a bandage, put the helmets on the heads and waited the daybreak.
“We thought our climbing is over, but we can not descent the same way we go up. It was dangerous.
So, we have to climb up where our new route leads us to the ridge and from where we can go down safely.
However, when we reached the ridge Viktor decided that he has an endurance to go to the summit” continued Valery.
On August 1st Valery and Viktor by chance met the other members of there expedition not so far from the summit.
It is about 3 p.m. of the local time Valery Babanov, Viktor Afanasiev, Valery Shamalo, Pavel Chochia and Elizabeth Revol summated G-I.
Valery Shamalo, Pavel Chochia summated G-II on July 29th via normal route.
Elizabeth Revol summated G-II on July 30th – classical route.
Valery Babanov and Viltor Afanasiev open two new routes in alpine style in 16 days between them:
Broad peak – July 17th.
Gasherbrum I – August 1st.
Now team is in the Base Camp. Valery and Viktor take one week rest and try to climb Gasherbrum II.