K2 2004 - 50 years later
K2 North: Going up toward
Tomorrow will be a decisive
day for the climb of K2 North Side. Our climbers, who are resting at base
camp today, will climb to 7500 meters with the objective to set up camp II, a
key position in order to enable them to make their attack on the summit.
Today is a day dedicated to
psychological preparation, in view of what awaits us tomorrow, the decisive
day for the climb of the North Corner Route. Time permitting, our climbers
plan to reach 7500 meters in order to set up Camp II and have it ready for the
final attack of the summit at the next weather window of opportunity.
“Yesterday was the first time
we had an opportunity to climb to 7000 meters, and we were able to determine,
yet another time, the disastrous conditions on the mountain. There was an
extremely strong wind. That notwithstanding, even after having been away from
home for almost 5 months now, Nives, Luca and I have become quite a close knit
team, and that helps immensely”, declares Romano Benet.
“When we arrived at 6500
meters,” states Daniele Bernasconi, “We were forced to choose between going
forward to break a trail in snow which reached up to our waists, after having
been climbing for 10 hours, or return to base camp, we chose to go forward. I
personally led the way, opening up the trail and so we were able to arrive at
At about 2 a.m. we plan to
depart again, weather permitting, “
Tomorrow morning Daniele
Bernasconi, Mario Panzeri and Claudio Bastrentaz will depart from base camp
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