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  ANDALUCIA K2 EXPEDITION 2004: Update


Andalucia, 06:50, Spain time

Latest news from Andalucia K2: Salazar and Morales, on the Trek, can reach the summit between 8:00 and 9:00, Spain time

'Lolo' González quits his attempt and turns back to Camp IV

The three climbers from Andalucia K2 Expedition, González, Morales and Salazar left around 22:30 hours from Camp IV towards the summit of K2.  Right now Salazar and Morales are in the so called "Trek", three hours from the summit.

Around two in the morning, the chief of the expedition 'Lolo' González decided to turn back to camp IV, because of not being in good physical conditions for the long and hard ascent ahead, and for being a little disoriented and sleepy.  He is already in Camp IV and a Sherpa from another expedition has been sent to watch him and to be his companion.

There is permanent communication by radio with Fernández Vivancos and Rai García Del Moral.  Manuel Morales, from Malaga, was above 8,400 meters when he has informed of some exhaustion and doubts of reaching the summit.  Manolo Salazar is ahead and he could reach the summit along with Migma Sherpa between eight and nine in the morning, Spain time.

According to Fernández Vivancos, Carlos Soria, from Madrid, has reached the summit with the help of oxygen just a few minutes ago, he had left a couple of hours before the Andalucians.  Kari Kobler, from Switzerland, has quit his personal attempt.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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