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  K2 2004: K2 North: Going up toward Camp II  : Italian expedition Everest/K2 2004 expedition


K2 2004 - 50 years later

K2 North: Going up toward Camp II

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 7000 meters.

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

copyright Italian expedition Everest/K2 2004 expedition Expedition

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