May 23, 2004 - The
climbers of the K2-2004 expedition are again at camp III
The first team of the
expedition has once again reached camp III (8300 m.) Dorotei is at camp II,
where he is anticipating the arrival of Maggioni, Confortola and Compagnoni.
Mondinelli and Forcatura are at camp I, but will climb directly to camp III
and directly from Camp II at
7700 m./via phone line between Soro Dorotei and Agostino Da Polenza at base
camp (13:10 hours, local time -09:10 hours italian time)
Dorotei quotes" I am
currently alone at camp II. The others left from here early this morning and
are reaching camp III. I left a bit earlier than the second group heading
from camp I, but in a short while I am expecting the arrival of Maggioni,
Confortola and Compagnoni. There is still a good bit of wind, but it is
quieting down. The weather is clear! Later in the day, "Gnaro" and Marca
Forcatura will be departing from ABC for camp I. Tomorrow they will not stop
at camp II. but will go directly to III."
This phone call is between
Soro Dorotei and Agostino Da Polenza who has been monitoring the evolving
situation since dawn this morning. As predicted, the weather is changing for
the better. The barometric pressure at base camp (5200 m.) has slowly but
continuously risen, from 537 millibars to 542 in the past 24 hours. A
troublesome wind of over 30 km. an hour was expected at 7,000 to 8,000
Higher up the mountain,
paradoxically, the wind is quieter. Our group confirms, in fact, that above
8,000 m. the wind speed is at about 20 km per hour.
In the lead group are Alex
Busca, Mario Panzeri, Mario Merelli, Giampaolo Gioia, Claudio Bastrentaz and
Karl Unterkircher, who just in these past few minutes have reached camp III
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