Time is running out for
Andalucía K2 on the impossible mountain
They should go back to
Andalucía on August 1st
The worst forecasts could
even stop them from recovering the materials in the high altitude camps
From one day to another the
intentions and moral of the members of Andalucía K2 expedition have completely
changed. Time is running out and the weather around the mountain, especially
the wind, still keeps them from getting to higher altitude. When you read on,
you will notice how the feelings of the chief are changing in the journal
pages of the expedition, which is sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio
y Deporte of Junta de Andalucía through its public company Deporte Andaluz,
received early this morning along with a picture of five of the members of the
Andalucian expedition, shot yesterday at 'Casa Andalucía' Base Camp by
Leonardo Bizarro, journalist of La Repubblica (Italy) in one of the few
moments when the mountain can be seen between snowfall and snowfall and the
cloud covered sky.
July 21, 2004
EVERYTHING IS READY TO GO TO
THE SUMMIT, BUT... VERY LITTLE HOPE
I have just been told that
the Japanese who left yesterday to install C4 have not been able to pass C2
because of the strong wind. If the worst forecasts become true, we hope to
climb to recover the material. It is 10:45 and around 13:00 Kari Kobler will
get another forecast, we hope... Everybody's fine and with a low moral, but
what can we do? That's the way it is.
It is surprising how a
situation of summit attempt on K2 can change. Yesterday was a sad day, very
sad and how I wish that I can send new information tomorrow which is very
different from this one.
Yesterday's plan was the
following: We plan to leave from BC on the 22, towards C2. On the 23 to C3
and on 24 we will spend the night on C4. The first two days we will have to
fight against bad weather, to reach 8,000 on the first foreseeable stable day.
If K2 permits, we will touch the impossible summit on July 25.
At 15 hours, during an after
lunch chat with our friends from Carlos Soria's group and after having eaten
some excellent lentils fixed by Salazar, I went to confirm Kobler's weather
forecast. Disappointing! The recession of the wind speed was not predicted
until August. This situation is so changing, that we still have some hope,
but very little... but hope that a miracle can occur.
Javier Corripio is our
weatherman and this year he is scoring all the way. On the 19 he had given us
information up to the 23rd, very accurate and he said he would not send any
more forecasts until he had it all clear, because of the important instability
he was seeing. If we compare with last year, we should know that on the last
days of July, everything is very strange: there are very cold days, today it
snows on BC, it is a little clear by the afternoon, there will be wind
tomorrow... very strange to our knowledge. And we wait for Javier's
Our situation right now is
strange and a little disappointing; we fear that this year we won't have the
chance to try it. And we have it all set, up to C4. K2 is showing again who
it is and why and why it has the history it has. It's the great mountain.
Will I be able tomorrow or in
a few hours to produce yesterday's chronicle with other dates? For us it is
almost over, we leave behind three years of our lives, and our sport lives,
dedicated to try to get to the summit of the most difficult mountain, the
prettiest, the hardest... K2. Whatever it happens these days, we are decided
to turn a beautiful page and to go back, above all to go back and we hope we
can celebrate the summit with all of you.
LET'S HOPE ANDALUCIA GETS TO
THE SUMMIT OF K2!
To have more time to get to
K2's summit and to be back on time to Islamabad, to fly to our Andalucia, we
could leave from BC to try the summit, on July 29 or 30 at the most. On
Wednesday August 11 at 20:55 we will be in Malaga. But we will wait until the
last chance to get up there is gone.
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