K2 2004 - 50 years later
ITALY HOME BASE: A PYRAMID AT
THE FEET of K2.
We have completed the set-up
of CAMP ITALY. The structure will contain a meeting room; the infirmary; and
a press office. At base camp, the second group of porters arrived today.
Tomorrow we are expecting the arrival of 300 more porters
Wednesday, June 2, K2 Base
We awakened under a “light
snow” which has deposited about 10 cm. of snow on the ground. At breakfast we
begin to talk about all the tasks that await us: the set-up of the rectangular
structure which upholds CAMP ITALY.
Thursday, June 3, K2 Base
A gorgeous day! The
rectangular pyramidal structure of CAMP ITALY is finished. It is an artistic
set-up. We had a bit of trouble adapting the “design” to reality, but with
good manners, and a lot of stubbornness, we succeeded. What satisfaction!
Some analogies come to mind:
- We have positioned
CAMP ITALY in the same spot as Italian Base Camp was set up in 1954.
- The corner of CAMP
ITALY is parallel to the Abruzzi Spur.
- The pyramid we had
at Everest is at the same level as this one (5000 m.)
- The pumori behind
the pyramid is like K2 behind CAMP ITALY.
- From the edge of
CAMP ITALY one can see the Concordia and the K2 Memorial.
A memory of Ardito Desio
comes to mind. With him I came here alone to Pakistan about 10 years ago. I
passed many unforgettable hours listening to his stories of adventure in the
Karakorum. That need of his to always see what was around the next bend. His
true spirit of adventure has been for me the draw that today brings me here.
The porters of the second
group have now arrived: only 70 of them, perhaps the rest slowed down by bad
weather. The rest of the 300 are expected by tomorrow.
We looked over the tons of
equipment that we have brought this time, and find that they coincide with
what was brought in 1954!
Meanwhile, at Everest and K2
– Arrivals and Departures!
Yesterday at the Milan, Italy
Malpensa airport the climbers and researchers who took part in the Everest
adventure, returned home. Meanwhile, on the same plane, the members of the
second K2 team departed for Kathmandu.
There was only a small delay
in retrieving the baggage of the climbers and researchers who returned with
great success in both the scientific and sporting sectors of this expedition,
but it prevented the hugs and good wishes between those arriving and those
This morning, in arrival from
DOHA was the entire team who succeeded in the scientific and sporting climb of
Mt. Everest which will provide new measurements of the highest mountain in the
With the same plane, the
second group heading to K2 departed. (North and South Face) On May 19th the
first group departed from Italy and arrived, just yesterday, at K2 base camp
to set up the maxi tent – CAMP ITALY, which will soon welcome all the climbers
who have just departed.
There was palpable emotion
when the families of the climbers and researchers were finally allowed (by
customs and regulations) to hug one another.
With just enough time to
reorganize the baggage and equipment and to have a brief vacation, this same
group will begin to depart again (on June 16th) for Asia to rejoin the first
and second teams who have already departed to begin the 50th anniversary
memorial climb of the first conquest of K2 – an all Italian expedition.
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