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  K2 2004: K2 North: Weather is still uncertain: Italian expedition Everest/K2 2004 expedition


K2 2004 - 50 years later

K2 North side: Weather is still uncertain -

Today the group is still at camp I, awaiting a change in the uncertain weather.  In the next several days we may have an improvement for a shot at the summit.

The weather predictions for uncertain weather for today, proved a bit too exact.  A light snow fell for a good part of the day, which forced the group to remain at camp I. Daniele Bernasconi descended down to base camp to get in touch with our base of operations in order to ascertain the situation regarding provisions and more updated weather predictions.

For Thursday - tomorrow - cloudy to partly cloudy skies are predicted, with weak precipitation, somewhat isolated in nature, wind will continue to remain strong (55-75  chilometers/hour at altitudes above 7000 meters); Fridays weather prediction is more favorable with no measurable precipitation and a slowing wind; Saturday is expected to be sunny, no precipitation and winds again on the decrease  (40-60 chilometers/hour); later in the day on Saturday, the winds slow to (30-40 chilometers/hour) with sunny conditions; Sunday, again expected to be sunny, no precipitation and a much quieter wind (10-30 chilometers/hour above 7000 meters).

It seems that the conditions are taking shape for an attempt at the summit. 

Tomorrow morning, at the earliest hour the climbers at Camp I will reevaluate the situation and will decide their best strategy: to go up to camp II so as to be in position for a summit attempt in the subsequent two days, or to wait out the day for more ideal weather and a summit attempt on Saturday and Sunday

copyright Italian expedition Everest/K2 2004 expedition Expedition

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