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  ANDALUCIA K2 EXPEDITION 2004: Salazar, Morales and Mingma Sherpa quit their attempt because of clouds and wind on the summit


Andalucia, 09:30, Spain time

Latests news from Andalucia K2: Salazar, Morales and Migma Sherpa quit their attempt because of clouds and wind on the summit

'Lolo' González is with a Sherpa in Camp IV

Andalucia K2 Expedition, sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía, is right now in their key moments of their objective to reach the summit of K2, or Chogori, 8,611 m.  The three climbers of Andalucia K2 Expedition, Manuel González, Manuel Morales and Manuel Salazar, left around 22:30 hours from Camp IV towards the summit of K2.  Around two in the morning, the chief of the expedition 'Lolo' González decided to turn back to camp IV, because he was not in good physical conditions for the long and hard ascent ahead, a little disoriented and beaten by sleepiness.  He is already in Camp IV with a Sherpa from another expedition.

At B. C. Fernando Fernández Vivancos and Rai García Del Moral, from Granada, have been able to talk by walkie-talkie with Manuel Morales and Manolo Salazar.  Above 8,400 meters Salazar and Mingma have found clouds and wind and have decided to quit their attempt and turn around to Camp IV with Morales, who headed down some one hundred meters below the two advanced climbers of Andalucia K2. 

Since last 26, K2 has had in its summit the Italians Silvio Mondinelli and Karl Unterkicher, the members of 'Al filo' Mikel Zabalza, Juanito Oiarzábal and Edurne Pasabán; the Italians Gnaro Mondinelli and Walter Nones; also Italians Cortina D'Ampezzo, Mario Dibona, Marco Da Pozzo, Renato Sottsass, Renzo Benedetti along with Sherpas Mingma and Thilen; the 'scoiatoli' Italians Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardino; Colombian Fernando González Rubio; Vicente 'Tente' Lagunilla and his partner, veteran of 65 years of age Carlos Soria, with the help of oxygen who has already gone back to Camp IV.

Swiss Kari Kobler has quit his personal attempt and there is no information about some members of their expedition, although the Swiss guide Michel Andre Wirdt could have made it to the summit along with one Sherpa and the high altitude carrier Mohamed Sanap Akam. 

Andalucia K2 -2004- expedition is made by Manuel González Díaz (San Pedro de Alcántara, Málaga), Manuel Morales Rodríguez (San Pedro Alcántara, Málaga), Fernando Fernández-Vivancos Fernández (Granada), Manuel Salazar Rincón (Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz) and Raimundo García Del Moral Martín (Granada).  Te expedition is organized by Federación Andaluza de Montañismo, Club Alpino Ama Dablam (San Pedro Alcántara), Club Montañero Sierra del Pinar (Jerez de la Frontera) and Club de Aire Libre Treparriscos (Granada) with the sponsorship of Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía though Deporte Andaluz, as well as Tenencia de Alcaldía de San Pedro Alcántara and Delegaciones Municipales de Juventud y Deportes, Cultura y Turismo of the city of Marbella and Gerencia Municipal de Deportes of the city of Jerez de la Frontera, with the collaboration of Deportes Sherpa.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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