- Everest after the snowstorm
This is the latest update of the day from ABC on Everest,
where all of the climbers of the K2-2004 expedition are currently reunited.
Two good snapshots of the before and after the storm are witness to the
current conditions on the mountain.
May 21, 2004 – 19:30 hours at base camp (15:30 Italian time)
Everest remains invisible, totally wrapped in a curtain of
clouds, while snow continues to fall on the tents of ABC, where all of the
climbers of the K2-2004 expedition are currently reunited. A little further
down the mountain, amongst the tents of 20 other expeditions, it is difficult
to know yet who is missing in roll call.
The confirmed dead, for the moment, are still 4: Three
South Koreans and a Japanese woman who slipped and fell at the Second Step.
We were worried about the welfare of 2 Italian climbers, Giuseppe Pompili of
Bologna and Adriano Dal Cin, of Conegliano, whom we had not heard from in
several days. Pompili made his descent this morning, after three days spent
at over 8000 meters. He recounted that he had reached the summit on the 19th
of May, and that he then descended to camp III. On the 20th he tried to
convince his companion to descend with him to camp II.
Dal Cin, instead, departed up the mountain to attempt to
reach the summit on his own, a rather absurd decision considering the
conditions on the mountain at that point in time. Since then, nothing more
has been heard from him. Giuseppe Pompili was the co-leader of a
mini-expedition to Everest
“In these last couple of days we have seen everything,” Soro
Dorotei, the vice-co-leader of the expedition K2-2004 responds brusquely. We
began our preparations for this expedition beginning in the first months of
2003. We coordinate our logistics
with both ABC and our home office in Bergamo, Italy, so that
each day we would have the best information available so as not to put our
climbers to unnecessary risks. Around here, on the other hand, there are
people who have never even been on a mountain and don’t even know how to latch
on their crampons, and they expect to reach the summit of Everest! They have
no respect for these mountains! But all it takes is one small error, and one
pays very dearly for it
Last updates from
Everest: Mountaineers who were missing yesterday at Everest North ridge are
now back to base camps. Yesterday many people have died: three Korean and one
May 21 2004 - 13.00 base camp
time (09.00 Italian time): Today at Everest North ridge it is snowing, but
weather has got better. Yesterday four mountaineers have died, as Soro Dorotei,
K2 2004 vice expedition leader, could confirm to us today. From the advanced
base camp, where all K2 2004 team members have gathered: "According to the
information we gathered three Korean mountaineers have died between camp III
and the summit. A Japanese mountaineer has literally collapsed and died after
Good news regarding all those
who were missing in the higher camps: "This morning we talked and shared views
with other groups at advanced base camp and, according to what we could
ascertain, large part of sherpas and mountaineers have returned or are on
their way back from higher camps".
There are news also on the
two Italians who yesterday were at camp III to try and summit Everest "This
morning we met one of them, the one who had returned from camp III after
giving up the ascent. He told us that his friend was trying to reach to the
summit but had no further news"
"I think that many people
could make it and stay alive thanks to the weather which was relatively warm-
Soro says - There was a blizzard, of course, but temperatures never went
below-20(C°), which is mild for Everest"
K2 2004 members can now focus
once again on their goal. Tomorrow weather permitting, mountaineers will
leave, once again for the higher camps, trying to reach Everest Summit.
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