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  ANDALUCIA K2 EXPEDITION 2004: THE ANDALUCIAN CLIMBERS OF ANDALUCIA K2 ARRIVE BACK HOME PROUD OF THE EFFORT THEY DID


THE ANDALUCIAN CLIMBERS OF ANDALUCIA K2 ARRIVE BACK HOME PROUD OF THE EFFORT THEY DID

On their arrival to Malaga's airport last night, they were greeted by the general director of Actividades y Promoción Deportiva and by the Tourism delegate of Malaga  

The members of Andalucia K2-2004 Expedition arrived yesterday from Pakistan, after two long months during which they unsuccessfully attempted to crown the summit of the second highest mountain of the world.  In spite of that, Manuel González, the chief of the expedition, wanted to thank the help of Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, through Deporte Andaluz, to make this project work and showed his pride for the work done, and added that he is confident that he can go back sometime to definitively reach the summit of K2. 

The general director of Actividades y Promoción Deportiva, Juan de la Cruz Vázquez, greeted the members of Andalucia K2 Expedition, along with the provincial delegate of Turismo, Comercio y Deporte in Malaga, José Cosme Martín, when they arrived last night to Malaga's airport, from Islamabad (Pakistan).  The president of Federación Andaluza de Monañismo, José Durán Carmona, was also present during the reception of the Andalucian climbers.

The Andalucian expedition, which left Malaga last June 8, reached 8,400 meters on July 23, but the harsh weather conditions stopped them from reaching the final objective.  One of the most emotional moments of last night was when Manuel González met with his relatives, remembering his father, who died a little time after the unsuccessful assault to the summit of K2.

Juan de la Curz was happy for the return of the Andalucian climbers and because they took the Andalucian flag to the top of one of the highest mountains of the planet.  He also thanked the effort given, in the name of the Chairman of Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, Paulino Plata, in spite of not having been able to reach the final objective.  José Cosme mentioned the prudence and intelligence of the Andalucian climbers to take the decision of not continuing with the ascent, in those complicated moments, despite the fact that they were only 200 meters from reaching the summit of Chogori or K2 (8,611 m.)

The Andalucia K2-2004 Expedition was made 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 Monatañero Sierra del Pinar of Jerez de la Frontera and Club de Aire Libre Treparriscos of Granada, with the sponsorship of Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, through Deporte Andaluz, and Tenencia de Alcaldía of the city of San Pedro Alcántara and the cities of Marbella and Jerez de la Frontera, with the collaboration of Deportes Sherpa.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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