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  K2 2004: Andalucia K2 Expedition INSTALLS BASE CAMP AT 5,000 METERS


ANDALUCIA K2 EXPEDITION INSTALLS BASE CAMP AT 5,000 METERS

The members of Andalucía K2 Expedition, sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte, has already installed Base Camp from where they will prepare their ascent to the second highest mountain in the world, K2, in the Karakorum sierra.  The Andalucian mountaineers have located their camp at 5,000 meters of altitude, on the murrain of the Godwin Austen glacier, on the skirts of the mountain.

Over 800 kilos of material are in Base Camp and the Andalucian climbers are waiting for the other loads to arrive, to finish the organization tasks.  This same day, the mess tent and the material warehouse have been definitively installed, besides completing the equipment for internal and satellite communications.

The objective of Andalucía K2 is to climb what is considered the most difficult mountain on the planet, via the Southeast spur or the Abruzzos spur.  The ascent mixes altitude change (more than 3,400 m.), difficultness (mixed schedule on snow, ice, and very steep rock), altitude (ends at 8,611 m.) and a very hostile weather, very proper of the Karakorum.

Last year, the Andalucian climbers made the principal tasks to equip the route, while on this occasion they have found that the expedition headed by Kari Kobler from Switzerland has already fixed the necessary ropes to get to the second camp (C2).  This circumstance has made Lolo González and teammates plan the ascent in a very different way, and they hope to dedicate the next days exclusively to stock up the first two camps and to adapt to altitude. Javier Blázquez

The expedition is organized by Federación Andaluza de Montañismo, Club Alpino Ama Dablam (San Pedro Alcantara), Club Montañero Sierra del Pinar (Jerez de la Frontera) and Club de Aire Libre Treparriscos (Granada), and sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte of Junta de Andalucía, through Deporte Andaluz, Ayuntamiento de Jerez, and also Tenencia de Alcaldía de San Pedro Alcantara and Delegaciones Municipales de Juventud y Deportes, Cultura y Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Marbella.

Dispatches

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

 
Altitech2: Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms. Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032 battery. See more here.

 






 

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