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  ANDALUCIA K2 EXPEDITION 2004: coming home...


ANDALUCIA K2 EXPEDITION COMES HOME

The Andalucian climbers will arrive to Málaga's airport tomorrow at 20:55

The members of Andalucia K2 Expedition, sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, will arrive tomorrow, Wednesday, to Málaga's airport at 20:55 hours, in a flight from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.  The Andalucian climbers will be greeted by the general director of Actividades y Promoción Deportiva, Juan de la Cruz Vázquez, and by a provincial delegate of Málaga's Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, José Cosme Martín.

After not being able to reach the summit of Chogori or K2 (8,611 meters) due to bad weather conditions and after having rested a few days at base camp, the Andalucian climbers started to organize their return to Andalucía.  From last June 8 when they left to Pakistan, the members of the Andalucian expedition have had two hard and long months trying to put the Andalucian flag on the summit of K2, a goal that they couldn't achieve for the second straight year.  Although they had problems during the descent to base camp, luckily everything went well and tomorrow they will be able to reunite with family and friends, in their awaited return to home.

The Andalucia K2-2004 Expedition is formed by Manuel González, Manuel Morales, Fernando Fernández-Vivancos, Manuel Salazar and Raimundo García Del Moral and organized by Federación Andaluza de Montañismo, Club Alpino Ama Dablam of San Pedro Alcántara, Club Montañero Sierra del Pinar from Jerez de la Frontera and Club de Aire Libre Treparriscos from Granada, with the sponsorship of Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, through Deporte Andaluz, as well as Tenencia de Alcaldía del Ayuntamiento de San Pedro Alcántara, and the cities of Marbella and Jerez de la Frontera, and with the collaboration of Deportes Sherpa.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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