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 Italian expedition Everest/K2 2004 expedition


Update Two: K2 2004 – Everest, here we come!

The 30 members of the “K2 2004” expedition team left Italy yesterday at 12,40 to meet their first challenge: to ascend Mount Everest from north face along the route used by the first British expeditions. “K2 2004”, the largest mountaineering and scientific expedition ever organised by Italy to the world's highest mountains will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the great achievement by Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli: the first successful ascent of K2 on 31 July 1954.

Mountaineers, researchers and technicians departed from the Milan Malpensa International Airport and landed today at 9:00 a.m. at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport after a 16 hour flight via Doha. Their journey will soon take them to Lhasa, 3600 m asl, and then towards Everest Base Camp (5170 m), which they expect to reach on April 16.

The honorary expedition leader, Minister of Agricultural and Forestry Policies, Hon. Gianni Alemanno who will join the expedition at the beginning of June wished the team the best of luck.

The vocation of this expedition is mainly scientific.  Research activities, coordinated and financed by INRM, the National Institute for Scientific and Technological Research on Mountains, will be carried out in the fields of physiology, geodesy, environmental sciences and eco-compatibility.  The research will take to new heights the continuing level of excellence of the Ev-K²-CNR international high altitude research project, which has carried on the great Italian tradition of research in the Karakoram and Himalaya begun by Ardito Desio.  

Here follows the names of K2 2004 expedition members to Mt. Everest:

Researchers: Dr. Enrico Bernieri, Massimo Pecci, Gianmaria Mortasa e Paola Teti, Dr. Annalisa Cogo; Dr. Elisa Paolucci; Luciano Bernardi; Annette Schneider

Mountaineers: Alessandro Mario Busca, Sergio Minoggio, Paolo Comune, Claudio Bastrentaz, Michele Compagnoni; Mario Panzeri, Giulio Maggioni; Mario Merelli, Silvio Mondinelli, Soro Dorotei; Giampaolo Gioia; Karl Unterkircher; Adam Holzknecht; Hubert Moroder. 

Technicians: Roberto Da Porto, Luigi Foiadelli, Tarcisio Bellò, Massimo Cappon.

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