"Hi! It's Babanov on the line. We returned to BC this evening.
Yesterday we spent a night at 6900 m. Hurricane and frost there. We'll be waiting it out for several days and watching for a change of weather.
Obviously, we'll attempt the summit again. We are in high spirits and feel Ok. We are 100% sound, no frostbites."
The message was written by BASK answering mashine on October 22, 2003 at 17:30 (Nepal time).
Editorial note: Valera's voice was cheerful; no fatigue detected.