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 Daily News: 6/8/2000 Report

Daily Reports. See the Home Page for Individual Stories.  Receiving Reports from Over 30 Teams on Everest this Spring 2000.

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Arrival of  Marco Camandona, 6th day of expedition K2 2000:

It was a pleasure to  welcome my friend Marco Camandona in Islamabad today who also came to climb the K2. Marco is 29 years, and he is a mountain guide and ski instructor, and, with Abele Blanc and I,  arrived at  the summit of Cho Oyo and Shisha Pangma, two mountains over  8000 meters in 1998. My Italian friend came in a good hour, because we made the called "briefing" at Ministry of Tourism, where we had a meeting  to sign several documents and receive instructions about how  we should behave during all our staying in Pakistan.  After such bureaucratic part, and  filling all requirements, we are ready now  go on towards the  North of the country, where the mountains of Karakorum are located, beyond our dreamed K2.

I was very happy with Marco's arrival, because we've already begun to  define our plans to climb  K2, getting in a true rhythm of expedition. We've  checked together all our equipment, and  at this time (22:53 here in Pakistan, 14:53 in Brazil) all our baggage is on a bus roof, ready for our departure  at 4:00 AM..

Well, but it's still missing an alpinist in our team, who is just Abele Blanc. This other Italian friend will arrive a little late, because he's just climbed another big mountain in the world, and also one of the most difficult of 8000 ones: Makalu (8564 meters) on May 15th. It was one of the most demanding expeditions, because the spring in Central Himalayas was very cold and with strong winds. Abele, together with his partner Cristian Kuntner (who was  with us at Gasherbrum last year), was one of the few alpinists to  succeed in mountains of the area. The conditions were so extreme, that the day that Abele arrived at the summit, an Austrian alpinist died going down from physical exhaustion. But my friend Abele, is ok, in fact, he is great, acclimatized and enthusiastic. He's only decided to have a rest in Italy for some days, before helping us to climb K2.

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