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 K2 2003: ANDALUCÍA K2 EXPEDITION

 


Andalucía K2 will attempt the summit this morning 

The plan is to reach the summit between 10:00 and 11:00 (GMT) in the morning of Monday 21st 

Manolo Morales, from Málaga, and Fernando Fernández-Vivancos, from Granada, will be the climbers to do the attempt

Swiss support and good weather conditions on the summit 

Andalucía, July 20, 2003 

The Andalucía K2 expedition will attempt this morning the attack of the 8,611 meters of the summit of the second tallest mountain of the planet.  The leading group made by 'Lolo' González, Manolo Salazar and Fernando Fernández-Vivancos have reached camp 4 and left everything ready so that two of them will attempt the summit.  By draw, it was decided that Morales and Fernández-Vivancos would be the ones to attempt the summit, so in the last hours the people responsible for the Andalucian expedition sponsored by Consejería de Turismo y Deporte through Deporte Andaluz have made an effort to carry materials to the last high altitude camp to save the strength of the two Andalucian climbers and to keep them fresh. 

Manolo Morales, 35, is from San Pedro de Alcántara, Málaga and Fernando Fernández-Vivancos, 30, is from Granada.  Both climbers are right now above 8,000 meters, hydrating and recovering from the effort, and this evening around 20:00 will begin the climbing of the last stretch of K2, along with some members of the Swiss expedition who share the same common objective with the Andalucians in the Himalayas.  The plan is to reach the summit between 10:00 and 11:00 GMT on Monday 21.  Their teammates González and Salazar - chief and second chief of the expedition - will go back to C3 to wait for their return from the summit and to stay in communication with Base Camp where Amparo Ortega, Javier Sánchez, Juanjo Garra and Jorge Vázquez are.

Update

THE ANDALUCIAN K2 EXPEDITION GIVES UP ON THE SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Live Ice makes it difficult above the shoulder of K2

Andalucía, July 20, 2003

The Andalucía K2 expedition, sponsored by Consejería de Turismo y Deporte through Deporte Andaluz, has given up on their objective to achieve the summit. Manuel Morales and Fernando Fernández-Vivancos left yesterday to the summit of the mountain along with climbers from the Swiss expedition, but once they were past the 'bottle neck' they found serious difficulties in the trail because of the conditions of the ice. The surface they had to cross was really dangerous with what climbers call 'live ice', a very hard and slippery floor where not even sharp crampons grip.

The two Andalucians decided not to go on and to go back to camp IV...

Fernando Fernández-Vivancos and Manuel Morales are going down to camp III where they will join Lolo González and Manuel Salazar to continue descending through the complicated stretch of the black pyramid towards C2 where they will surely spend the night and continue to BC tomorrow, Tuesday.

After having a telephone communication with B. C., Javier Sánchez has confirmed all this data and transmitted some disappointment and worry until the return of his teammates.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

Dispatches

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