May 10, 2004: An exhausted and
happy Enrico and Rosella have arrived in Kathmandu today. Yesterday the motor
of their bus transport locked up not too far from Tingri, on the Tibetan
plateau along the road that goes from Lhasa to the Nepal border.
After a few hours of delay,
awaiting two requested automobiles by satellite phone, they were again on the
road traveling towards Zhagmo and the mouth of the pass that brings one to the
“Friendship Bridge” and to customs. They arrived there late into the night and
remained there to sleep.
Along with the Pippia’s are
Andrea Lagana and Pierfrancesco Intini who have shared Enrico’s exploits on
this Everest adventure.
Andera and Pierfrancesco are
foreign to these exploits, more given to administrative duties. They maintain,
however, a great love for the mountains, as great a love as these Himalayas
Also part of the group is
Sergio Gabbio, an Alpine guide from Alagna who is quite familiar with these
places. After the stressful night, he is now relaxed and happy.
This morning we got a call
from expedition leader, Agostino Da Polenza. This was, at last a lengthy
conversation which expressed joy and understanding at having brought a good
friend’s dream, at long last to fruition.
The team of K2
2004 has also begun its descent to lower camps after having deposited some
equipment at 7700 meters, the pre-established height for their camp II.
Everest/K2 2004 expedition Expedition
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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