the last days of Andalucia K2 Expedition
Andalucia, July 9, 2004
ANDALUCIA K2 REACHES THE SECOND CAMP AT 6,500 METERS OF
ALTITUDE BUT BAD WEATHER KEEPS THEM FROM STOCKING IT
Since July 1, Andalucia K2 2004 Expedition has had intense
activity in high altitude; even if they had not done what they had
optimistically planed since their last report form the Himalayas, these have
been useful days to enhance acclimatization and to get all the necessary
material to stock C2 (6,500 m.), in its location or under the House Chimney,
very close from there.
During these days, the Andalucian expedition which is
sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte,
has tried to accomplish all the work that was agreed with other expeditions,
so they have checked and cleaned the anchorage headers of the ropes,
completing the job done by the TVE team and installing a
second line of ropes. The intentions of González and Morales (from Málaga),
Salazar (from Jerez de la Frontera) and Fernández
Vivancos and García del Moral (from Granada), is to install 100 meters more of
the second line in a section of the route which is equipped with a bad quality
All climbers have been in good physical conditions during
the ascents which they have done for acclimatization. The wind conditions
above 6,400 meters are very harsh and they have even stopped them from
installing the ropes on the Black Pyramid, to get to C3 (7,100 m.) So far 350
meters of ropes have been installed by the Tibetan expedition and there is no
news that any other team has done any other work.
The members of the Andalucian expedition have left a new
material depot under the Chimney while Migma Sherpa could get again to C2.
Because of the reigning weather conditions and the forecast of scarce
conditions for the weather to improve, they decided to descend to Base Camp.
The strong wind at C2 which was confirmed by Migma, kept them from installing
a tent and a strong snowfall followed in the next hours.
The Andalucian expedition hopes to have new weather
forecasts, although everything looks like they will have to remain in Base
Camp at least three days waiting for a good weather window to continue their
progress on their attempt to crown the summit of Chogori or "Goddess of the
mountains", whose summit has not been reached by anybody since July 22, 2001,
when it was reached by Carlos Pauner and José Antonio Garcés, from Spain,
Jean-Christophe Lafaille, Italian Hans Kammerlander, Sherpa Jangbu and
Pasang Tshering III from Nepal, and the South Koreans Young
Seok Park, Seong Gyu Kang and Hee Joon Oh.
from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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.
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