K2 2004 - 50 years later
Learning to be patient
Our climbers have
now spent many days in the snow-covered base camp while they wait for the
weather to change. The following are Luca Vuerich’s impressions.
“What do I think
of this experience?” says Luca Vuerich, one of the youngest climber of the
K2 2004 Team. “This mountain is one of the most impressive, and it remains so,
in a particular way. It was incredible to see it appear rather suddenly in
front of us as we arrived at base camp. To see it rise straight up from the
camp at 5000 m. was quite overwhelming. During the days of the approach to
camp, one can certainly admire it’s formidable and splendid pyramidal shape,
but it was always veiled by the clouds.
Luca Vuerich is
only 27 years old, but he has years of experience in climbing with his
partners, Romano Benet and Nives Meroi, the same companions with whom he
reached the summit of Lhotse (850l m.) His determination is particularly
admirable, especially when in 1998, at the tender age of 22, while climbing
Nanga Parbat, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
“It is my first time on K2, and it is quite a different
experience from that on Lhotse last may. The base camp there was extremely
crowded, here, instead it is very quiet. The isolation totally transforms the
experience of the climb.”
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