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  ANDALUCIA K2 EXPEDITION 2004: Back to the safety of Camp II


Andalucia K2: Back to the safety of Camp II

The three Andalucian climbers descend together with serious difficulties because of the weather

Fernando and Rai will leave at daybreak in search of their teammates and one Sherpa

Climbers Manuel González, Manuel Morales and Manuel Salazar of the Andalucia K2 Expedition, sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía, are descending with serious problems because of harsh weather; they have already reached Camp 2 (6,500 m.) with their trusted Sherpa, Migma.  They started to descend at 9:30 in the morning, local time, and from now on they will recover strength with food and rest to continue descending tomorrow morning, after spending the night in the second high altitude camp.

At B. C., Fernando Fernández Vivancos and Rai García Del Moral, from Granada, continue getting information from the Andalucian expedition and they have confirmed that they are very tired but in good physical conditions in spite of the difficulty to recover in that situation.  There are just a few members of other expeditions on the mountain, because the weather has worsen before it was expected and the climbers of all the expeditions have gone down as soon as possible.  A little ahead of the Andalucians is Carlos Soria.

With the daybreak of tomorrow, Friday 30, Fernando Fernández-Vivancos and the physician García Del Moral - whose intervention was fundamental in the first aids given to Juanito Oiarzábal and Edurne Pasabán - will leave towards the mountain in search of their teammates to help them on their descent, although the weather conditions below 7,000 m. are clearer.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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