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  ANDALUCIA K2 EXPEDITION 2004: camp 4!


Andalucia K2: González, Morales and Salazar reach camp 4

They will start their definitive attack to the summit at 21:00 hours. 

They hope to reach the summit around five in the morning, Spain time

It will be 21.00 hours in Andalucia today when the climbers of Andalucia K2, Manuel González, Manuel Morales and Manuel Salazar, start the final phase of their ascent of Chogori.  They have reached Camp IV and they are in good physical conditions.  They are some five hours away from their objective.  The three climbers will dedicate the day to recover strength to try to reach the summit around five in the morning, Spain time.  Some climbers of the Swiss Kari Kobler and some Italians will go along with the Andalucians on the last phase to the summit.

Once the summit is achieved, they will need at least one day and a half to go back to base camp.  The weather forecasts don't show any significant changes until Thursday afternoon, when the force of the wind will increase during the last two days of July and the first days of August will have a harsh weather.

From Deporte Andaluz, a communication has been established with 'Casa Andalucía' at Base Camp where Fernando Fernández Vivancos is already back, the climber from Granada who has had to go back to Base camp because of physical problems.  "I am screwed, the weather is not changing and I personally have lost my chance, I had no strength.  Juan Oiarzábal was tried and having some problems but coming down. Edurne Pasabán also has frostbite problems.  The route is great.  Some Italian and another Spaniard have summited this morning.  Our guys should reach the summit tonight when it will be five in the morning in Spain and it will take at least one day and a half to climb down.  What can I say... I would like to be with them..."

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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