K2 2004 - 50 years later
K2 North Side: The team
attempts the climb to camp I
The meteorological situation
has improved on the north side of the mountain and the attempt to reach camp I
is again a possible objective. After having reached the base of the wall
today, we are planning to attempt the climb of the wall tomorrow.
July 7, 2004 Base Camp K2
This evening we depart. The
weather “seems” to be good and therefore we are taking advantage of the
situation and plan to attempt a climb to camp I at 6500 meters. A first group
of climbers (those who like to get an early start), are departing this evening
and plan to sleep at the deposit camp, at the base of the wall.
Tomorrow morning they will be
joined by the rest of the group, and all together they will work to fix rope
on the long and steep slide that is the wall, all the way to camp I.
K2 South Side: The expedition
Agostino da Polenza’s
unwillingness to be slowed down by some not too promising weather this
morning, has allowed the team to make some gains on the mountain. A group of
climbers climbed up to camp II this morning to open up the way towards camp
“Willingness to take a
chance” best defines our team leader today (though some speak of it as great
good luck), Agostino da Polenza. The fact remains that his decision to depart
this morning very early, weather predictions notwithstanding, has allowed us
to meet our objectives to perfection.
The weather today is much
better than had been predicted and so our climbers were able to make rapid
headway up to camp II, where they are now preparing to spend the night so as
to be able to get an early start toward opening up the passage to camp III
In the tent which sits above
“Bill’s Walk” (?) are Marco Confortola, Enrico Lazzeri and Ugo Giacomelli.
Above the “Walk” in another tent, are Silvio Mondinelli, Alex Busca, Michele
Compagnoni and Massimo Farina.
At camp I are Mario Merelli
and Adriano Greco, who were delayed due to a brief indisposition of the
latter. The two decided to sleep at a lower altitude so as to maximize
Adriano’s chances of recovering his energy.
Tomorrow, yet another group
of nine climbers will depart from base camp, climbing towards the higher camps
with sleeping bags, provisions, gas and all other necessary equipment to
completely stock the higher altitude camps.
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