Andalucía K2 Base Camp, June
9, 2003: The Andalucian flag is already waving at Base
5 the ANDALUCIA K2 expedition reached, after a long and complex approach
march, the Base Camp of the tallest mountain in the Karakorum mountain
system. The camp was installed at 4,910m of altitude on the Godwin Austen
glacier's moraine, at the bottom of the formidable K2 mountain, the "mountain
of mountains". With the valuable collaboration of the trekking group that
joins with the expedition, more than 3,600 Kg of climbing material was checked
and organized, including food, energy, communications and audiovisual media
that are carried by the expedition promoted by the Consejería de Turismo y
Deporte. The Andalucian flag is already waving in the heart of the most
thrilling and hidden mountain group in the world.
objective of the Andalucian group is to climb what is considered as the most
difficult mountain on the planet, via the Southeast Spur or Abruzzos Spur.
It's an ascent that deals with level difference (more than 3,400m), difficulty
(a mixed itinerary in snow, ice and rock with a great inclination), altitude
(ends at 8,611m) and a very hostile weather, very much in the Karakorum system
style. A first magnitude sporting challenge in the world of mountain
climbing. The logistics of the first climb plans the installation of an
advanced base camp at the bottom of the spur and four high altitude camps, at
different levels, along the route.
days of June 7 and 8, the Andalucian expedition sponsored by Deporte Andaluz
started the works to prepare the climbing route with very satisfactory
results. The itinerary that leads to "Advanced Base" has been explored and
labeled. The itinerary avoids the G. Austen glacier's icefall, an intricate
maze of crevasses and snow hills. In this settlement, at 5,200m, two tents
have been installed and an important quantity of material has been stocked
with the necessary equipment for the following climb. Furthermore, the
leading group, formed by three climbers, has begun an ascent of the actual
spur. They have reached the 5,650m mark on their way to Camp 1.
mounting of this high altitude camp was planned for today, but a sudden change
in the weather conditions, favorable until now, has prevented them from
continuing with the activity. At this moment, snow falls heavily on the top
of the Karakorum. The Andalucian expedition group awaits at Base Camp for an
improvement in the weather conditions to go on with the climb.
from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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