Andalucia, July 20, 2004
The wind complicates
Andalucia K2's options for the summit
The weather forecasts point
to discard the 25th as the date for the summit attempt
Andalucia K2 Expedition,
sponsored by Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte is now at K2's Base
Camp, waiting for the weather forecasts to show an opportunity to attack the
summit. This morning Deporte Andaluz has been able to establish contact with
the members of the expedition.
"This is becoming ugly.
Yesterday we had very good news about the weather but today they are very bad
-commented Lolo González at the other side of the satellite phone--, we have
it all set with materials depots in C3 at 7,300 meters and with folded tents
so that the wind would not blow them away. We had decided a plan along with
the Swiss, Japanese and Italian expeditions, to leave upwards and attempt the
summit on next Sunday 25th, but the wind conditions up there are very harsh,
above 60 Km/hr above 7,000 meters of altitude. Now we just have to wait for
the next forecasts and decide what to do..."
Those are the words of the
chief of the Andalucian expedition. At Andalucia K2's Base Camp the spirit is
running out from the climbers. 'Lolo', Salazar, Morales, Fernández Vivancos
and 'Rai' watch the days go by without the atmosphere of 'Chogori', "the
goddess of the mountains", looks favorable.
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