Summit photo from the first group
K2 2004 summits
Everest again: Today Tarcisio Bello, Marco Confortola and
one sherpa have reached the summit using oxygen. Wind was blowing very
strongly and temperatures were very low. For this reason part of the group
gave up its attempt to the summit.
pm local time (09.00 am Italian time)
members: Tarcisio BellÚ, Marco Confortola and one sherpa have reached this
morning, at 8.30 (local time) Everest summit, using oxygen.
The three mountaineers had left at 11.30 p.m., local time,
camp III, while as a consequence to a particularly strong wind Soro Dorotei,
Silvio Mondinelli, Michele Compagnoni, Mario Panzeri and Giulio Maggioni
decided waiting until 3 in the morning before starting again.
group, which was trying to climb Everest without oxygen, has had to give up
the attempt a hundred meters above camp III because of the excessively low
temperatures. <>When they came back at camp III they
got a bad surprise: wind had nearly blown tents away. Currentlly, Soro, Gnaro,
Michele, Giulio and Mario are at base camp, while Tarcisio and Marco have just
left camp III.
nearly all mountaineers will return to base camp, where they will have to go
through a series of medical tests.
K2 2004 members Karl Unterkircher, Alex Busca and Claudio Bastrentaz summited
09.40 - Everest summit:
Claudio Bastrentaz, Alex Busca, Karl Unterkircher have summited Everest.
Giampaolo Gioia, Mario Panzeri and Mario Merelli are returning to camp III.
Update: 11.40 time: From
Everest top, where re-measurement is being carried out, news come up of Mario
Merelli having reached the summit.
That makes 4!
EVEREST RE-MEASUREMENT ACCOMPLISHED
12.10 local time (08.10 italian time).
In this moment Mario Merelli, Alex Busca, Claudio Bastrentaz and Karl
Unterkircher have started their descent from Everest top.
Perfectly accomplished GPS-Georadar measurements. Great satisfaction of
researchers Giorgio Poretti and his collaborators.
Earlier Update: 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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