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Daily News: 6/21/2000 Report

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  • K2 2000: Waldemar Niclevicz
Click here Waldemar Niclevicz and Hans Kammerlander at K2 base-camp

18th day of the Expedition K2 2000. 

K2 base-camp. Meeting Hans Kammerlander 

The anxiety to start climbing was shared with the tasks to finish setting Base camp. We have improved our canteen and kitchen structure, we set our toilet and organized our food and climbing equipment. Also I took advantage of the time to get in touch with other expeditions around here, so that I can have a notion about the works and start working together. The other expedition's welcome was great, mainly a Korean one commanded by Kim Wi Young, who is facing Abruzzos too, our climbing route.

The most pleasant meeting was, in fact, with the Italian Hans Kammerlander, one of the most famous alpinist nowadays. His expedition will face the route called Tom Cesen, with another Korean expedition. The weather was great, showing some signals of changing. Even though we intend to begin climbing as soon as possible.

Waldemar Niclevicz

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Click here Waldemar Niclevicz and Hans Kammerlander at K2 base-camp

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19th day of the Expedition K2 2000 

Base-camp (5,100m) / Camp 1 (6,050 m) 

Setting Camp 1 (6,050 m)

Today we said good-bye to our friends who had trekked with us to base camp and this morning started their return to Brazil.  The sad part is we have enjoyed their company and support and will miss them. The positive is that we can now definitively start our lunge on K2. For while our expedition is formed by just two alpinists the Italian Marco Camandona and I. Our friend Abele Blanc, the third member of our climbing team, is set to arrive to K2 on 26 June. 

I take advantage of this time to reveal our team's great secret. In fact, we can't say we are just 3, we are seven. Because 4 altitude porters will help us to take the tents, fuel and ropes. But they're are not only porters, they are in fact true alpinists, one of them being Meherban Shan. Meherban, would amaze all of you, he is one of the four Pakistanis to have already summited K2.  That is true, it is our good fortune to have one alpinist who has already succeeded in tackling our chosen route.  The other Pakistan's climbers, who are members of our team, have good experiences in climbing mountains over 8000 meters. They are: Hassan, Sadiq Mohamad and Ahmd Ali.

And with this strong team we make our first assault on K2 itself, setting our camp 1 at 6050 meters.

Waldemar Niclevicz

Project K2 is sponsored by O Boticαrio, TAM, Sportsjα and Net Vνrtua.

  • Cho Oyu 2000 !

As reported during the Season Jordi Tosas was reported to EverestNews.com to have descended from the Summit of Cho Oyu on a snowboard. 

Here are some details from Jordi himself:

Namaste! Jordi Tosas, UIAGM Mountain Guide and leader of spring 2000 Cho-Oyu Spanish Expedition. 

Well, I start my descent at 9AM from the Summit. I rode the snowboard just the yellow band where I make one abseil. On the summit only me, Joseba, Ricardo, Reenge Sherpa, Sonam Sherpa, and one Australian, when I was there. Then I make the descent just to  camp two, where I slept. 

The next day I descended to the serac on the board. From the serac I made another abseil and from there I came down in what was possibly a new route beside the Messner route.  First was a step, then snow slopes and a gully. 

In 1997 I did a descent on Everest North Ridge from 8000 meters as you know. And the last year I had an accident trying the Shishapangma south face on a snowboard descent.

With my best regards, Your friend,

Jordi TOSAS

Note: Jordi Tosas is a famous mountain climber in Europe. He now surely will be very famous...

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