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  THE ANDALUCIAN EXPEDITION WHO WILL ATTEMPT TO CONQUEST K2 DEPARTS FROM MALAGA


Andalucía, June 8, 2004: THE ANDALUCIAN EXPEDITION WHO WILL ATTEMPT TO CONQUEST K2 DEPARTS FROM MALAGA

The project is sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte

The Andalucia K2 Expedition left from Malaga to Pakistan.  Five of the members of the team of Andalucian mountaineers who will attempt to ascend to the summit of K2, one of the most difficult mountains of the planet, left from Pablo Ruiz Picasso airport in Malaga.  The five Andalucian climbers have left from Malaga airport to Islamabad (Pakistan), to make the approach in the next days and then the ascent of this great mountain of rock, ice and snow which tops 8,611 meters of altitude.

The provincial delegate of Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, Mr. José Cosme Martín, came to the Malaga airport to say goodbye, and wished luck in the ambitious project the begin, and ratified the support of the Junta de Andalucía to a sport which has elite members in our region.  "We already have -said José Cosme Martín-, an Andalucian flag on Everest and we will be proud to have also one on K2".

The Andalucia K2 - 2004 expedition is formed by Manuel González Díaz and Manuel Morales Rodríguez, from San Pedro Alcantara (Malaga), Fernando Fernández-Vivancos Fernández and Raimundo García del Moral, from Granada and Manuel Salazar from Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz).

Manuel González, chief of the expedition said: "We hope to have a little more luck with the weather than what we had last year.  Our mind is set and our ideas are clear, to have a good acclimatization and to save strength for the last days.  We don't doubt we will have a good collaboration and many teams are ready to collaborate with the installation of the equipment along the route.  We will see if this year we get to the summit".

The expedition is organized by Federación Andaluza de Montañismo, Club Alpino Ama Dablam (San Pedro Alcantara), Club Montañero Sierra del Pinar (Jerez de la Frontera) and Club de Aire Libre Treparriscos (Granada), and sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte of Junta de Andalucía, through Deporte Andaluz, Ayuntamiento de Jerez, and also Tenencia de Alcaldía de San Pedro Alcantara and Delegaciones Municipales de Juventud y Deportes, Cultura y Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Marbella.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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