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Update 8/15/2004 e-mail from the expedition to
Yesterday the climbers had problems installing the camp 4 at Torre Casarotto
but finally they installed it successfully. Today Ňscar Cadiach and Jordi
Coromines are trying to open the way to arrive at 8.300 meters. This is the
most difficult part of the ascent and the point where the mytic Casarotto
decided to go back. Manel de la Matta is waiting in camp 4. The attack to the
summit will be probably on Monday morning. Another climber, Valentí Giró, is
in camp 3 preparing a possible exit of the way.
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Update 8/14/2004: The last one, say Ňscar Cadiach, Manel de
la Matta and Jordi Coromines today has been at 8100 meters in the Magic Line,
on the place called Torre Casarotto where they rested for a while. Good psico
but no news about their plans. According to www.elsesports.net
Update 8/12/2004: Oscar, Manel and Jordi Corominas have gone
from base camp (5,100 m.) to camp 2 (6,900 m.) amid strong winds and no
visibility. They left at 17:30 and arrived to camp 1 in Negrotto Col (6,400
m.) around 2 in the morning. Rested a few hours and arrived to camp 2 around
9 in the morning. At 15:45 they got to "their" camp 2 where they melted snow
after getting inside their sleeping bags.
At 18:30 they have communicated with base camp. They are
fine and will try to go to Camp 3, in the Pulpit, at 7,500 m, tomorrow. They
are waiting for the winds to recede, as the forecasts say. If the weather
permits, they will get to Camp 3 to see if their tent has resisted, since they
installed it on July 28 in the Pulpit.
K2 from the South is about empty, but the
Catalans remain attempting the Magic
Line. We have not talked much about them, so a little background:
Oscar Cadiach, Everest climber, has been to Everest 5 times,
one of them with TVE's "Al filo de lo imposible". Manel
de la Matta, mountain guide, Economist; Jordi Tosas,
mountain guide; Jordi Corominas, mountain guide;
Valen Giró, International Relations, consultant.
The Catalans appear
to be headed up for their summit attempt this weekend.
They are reporting in on several
Catalans web sites, if anyone knows Catalan let us know and we
can give you the URl's....
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