Update: Fernando did it solo (he had no team members on the summit push) AND
without oxygen!! great great news for him, and Colombia!
Fernando is on his way back to Skardu, he was in Paiju
yesterday and should be traveling to Askoli today. He was trekking back with
Carlos and Iņaki Ochoa. Apparently there is a big backlog of porters and all
his equipment is still at base camp.
Update: On Thursday we received word that Fernando Gonzalez-Rubio had made it
down to Base camp, completing a remarkable summit of K2! We are still awaiting
word on others coming down... Please keep the climbers in your prayers... (see
more here: Sad
News again from K2)
Veteran climber Vladimir Suviga (He climbed with Antoli and
Babanov) summited K2.... unclear
on other Russians, at this time.
EverestNews.com, The Colombian climber Fernando Gonzalez-Rubio has just called
me from the summit of K2. He has reached the summit at 8:45am with out oxygen
on a solo attempt. He is currently on the way down. Two other Italians and
three Spanish climbers were ahead of him. Although it was informed that the
expedition was packing to go home, Fernando decided at the last minute to stay
to make an attempt. We will be awaiting information of his return. Fernando
is the first Colombian to reach this most demanding summit. Alberto Carrizosa
You might recall
Fernando Gonzalez-Rubio from our
Ararat Peace climb a few years ago.
Colombian American team reaches
camp 3, K2
The Colombian American
Expedition to K2, "Beyond the Summit 2004" established camp 3, July 8th, at
7700 meters, during high winds. Camilo Lopez made a successful solo assent to
secure the high camp. Weather has improved, but avalanche danger is high, so
the next attempt would be after several days, weather permitting. In the mean
time, an attempt for the summit of Broad Peak is underway, as snow conditions
are better for the planned route. The final attempt for the K2 summit is
planned for the next break in the weather.
Update: Got a call from Camilo Sat. night saying the weather
had closed in again, that Fernando had gone up before the storm came in....
Update 7/3/2004: The
Colombian-American Expedition to K2, "Beyond the Summit 2004" finally started
climbing again after a week of snow at base camp. The team was lucky and did
not have to re-establish Camp 1 after an avalanche came through the camp. Camp
2 was also in good condition, and currently the team is headed to Camp 3 under
Colombian American team reaches camp 2, K2
Expedition to K2, "Beyond the Summit 2004" has reached camp 2 of the Abruzzi
route, June 20th, with stormy weather for the return trip down to base camp.
Team members consist of Camilo A. Lopez and Fernando Gonzalez Rubio. Both are
in good health. "Beyond the Summit" is a team with the intension of climbing
for peace, to bring attention to the war in Colombia and around the world.
Update 6/14/2004: The Colombian American Expedition to K2, "Beyond the Summit
2004" has reached base camp, June 13th, under clear blue skies. Team members
consist of Camilo A. Lopez and Fernando Gonzalez Rubio. The team was slightly
delayed due to the closure of the Karakorum Highway from protests, but arrived
without further incident.
Lopez and Fernando Gonzales-Rubio K2 2004
We are the Colombian-American
Expedition Beyond the Summit peace for the world we are two members attempting
the Abruzzi route. We are starting our trip the 1 july of 2004. We are two
climbers from Colombia that have the help of American industry to support the
expedition we are climbing for peace, Not only for the war that is been going
on in our country for more than fifty years but also for the wars that rage
around the world.
We are expected in Islamabad
the 1 of June 2004 to star the trip. A.T.P is handling all our logistics in
Pakistan and Beyond the summit in Colombia and The U.S. We are representing
different brands on these years expedition to the Himalaya but we will like to
mention a new brand of equipment in the U.S which is MontBell, they are
sponsoring us with a mayor part of their very high quality Asian gear
We are getting ready and
exited about these climb this is the first time that Colombian climbers
attempt k2; We will write you back with some more exiting news.
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