ascent to Everest Advanced Base Camp
20 April 2004 - 20.00 base camp
time (16.00 Italian time)
Very important day at the
Base Camp on a relatively warm day, even though very windy. The first team has
come back from the reconnaissance ascent to the Advanced Base Camp, 6400 m..
The team was made up by Soro Dorotei, the vice expedition leader, Silvio
Mondinelli and Michele Compagnoni.
A small camp was set up right
under the North Col. The first reported impression was that of finding too
many people up there which might represent a problem when mountaineers will be
engaged at the higher camps "There is a sort of metropolis up there "commented
Further problems were caused
by yak carovans which continually come and go transporting items. This camp is
the higher they can actually reach. We still miss one barrel containing all
the electrical materials, but we hope to get it, hopefully as soon as
Michele Compagnoni achived
his personal altitude record and said: ""I felt my head empty at the
beginning - he said - but then I started synchronizing my pace and breathing
and felt immediately better".
Today, in the morning a new
carovan of 10 yaks started out along with 9 mountaineers. Among them, Marco
Forcatura, Paolo Comune, Claudio Bastrentaz, Mario Panzeri, Giulio Maggioni,
Also the medical doctors were
particular busy treating a young Nepali working in the kitchen whose name is
Zangbu. The sherpa was struck by pulmonary edema, probably consequent to a
too rapid ascent from Kathmandu. The young man was carried back to Tingri.
My reconnaissance tour at the other 20 expedition tents set up near ours
allowed for some interesting discoveries. There are American , Russian,
Chinese, Japanese, Spanish expeditions.
A BBC group is filming an
episode for "Challenge" which focuses on Tony Griffith's ascent. Another one
will have our same objective: finding the body of Sandy Irvine, who
disappeared on mount Everest in 1924, at 8500 m.
Russians are committed on a
new challenge: finding a new road to the summit on North Spur while a Russian
commercial expedition has two Italian members, both of them from Genova:
Giorgio Profumo and Gianni Carbone.
Everest/K2 2004 expedition Expedition
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