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Testing Baltoro tent- Gasherbrum 2011
Testing Baltoro tent- Gasherbrum 2011
Baltoro tent, made by Marabut, was tested during the trip of Ternua Female Team - Gasherbrum 2011, lasting from 6 June to 31 July this year.
 
Baltoro was used as a base tent in our second base camp on Gasherbrum II, located at 6400 m above sea level. For 27 days of its service in the base, the tent performed very well enduring severe weather conditions including massive snowfall and strong winds. It was  extensively used, providing a shelter for a few Polish climbing teams  - five climbers appreciated Baltoro’s protection. Although the tent was designed for two persons, sometimes it was used by three people on a daily basis. A team of three climbers found its shelter in the tent when the weather broke – they were trapped inside it for five days and managed to survive unharmed. After all these adventures the tent is still fit for use.
 
 Baltoro with snow flaps is a spacious two-person tent with dimensions of 210x150x107 (height) cm. Two entrances and two vestibules are the main advantage of the tent. The larger vestibule is perfect for cooking, whereas the smaller one may be used as a storage space. Two flexible tent poles ensure stability and sufficient strength of the tent, even in tough mountain conditions, maintaining its relatively low weight (3.9 kg). The tent has a double skin design with the flysheet made of strong fabric, providing good protection against snow, wind and rain. Durable snow flaps may be used for stable positioning of the tent on snow and protecting its interior against wind gusts that could get between tent layers. Many eyelets and guylines ensure proper tensioning of the flysheet and secure fixing of the tent to the ground. Similarly to other Marabut models, the floor is strong and solid, preventing punctures while camping on the rocky ground. Inside, the tent is equipped with many useful net pockets and a handy "shelf". Baltoro is a versatile tent with a wide range of applications. It performs perfectly during trekking journeys, rock climbing trips and demanding mountaineering expeditions.

 Text and photos: Ola Dzik
 
Ola Dzik – a representative of a young generation of climbers. She is a psychology and sociology graduate at the University of Silesia, and a PhD student at the Jagiellonian University. Ola is also a mountain leader (certified by UIMLA) and runs BluEmu tourist company with other mountain enthusiasts. As a first Polish woman, she climbed Gasherbrum II (an eight-thousander) and extremely dangerous Pik Pobeda (a seven-thousander ). Moreover, she was on all Soviet peaks higher than 7000 meters, which entitled her to the Snow Leopard Trophy. She is the first woman in history who has completed the longest (Extreme) route of the Elbrus Race. Ola is also active in other outdoor fields: ski-mountaineering, adventure racing, mountain biking and cross-country running.
 
 
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Ola is a climber, mountaineer and ski-mountaineer, who participated in many journeys and  adventures. As a first Polish woman, she climbed Gasherbrum II (8035 m ASL) and extremely dangerous Pik Pobeda (7439 m ASL).
 
 
Marek Żołądek – a traveller, and mountaineer who participated and co-organized many climbing and research expeditions that took him across 6 continents, e.g. the Himalayas, Andes, Alaska Range, Africa, Europe, Caucasus Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, Tierra del Fuego and Australia.
 
Maciek Ciesielski - a climber and author of many climbing routes in the Alaska Range, Asian mountains, Yosemite Mountains, Alps, Tatra Mountains, Karkonosze. Maciek is also a climbing instructor and a rescuer (a member of TOPR -Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue).
 
 
Michał Apollo - a traveller, climber and mountaineer. He participated and co-organized many expeditions including: the Himalayas, Andes, Southern Alps, Caucasus Mountains, Great Dividing Range, Alaska Range, European mountains, Kilimanjaro Range, Cape Fold Belt and the Rocky Mountains.