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 K2 2003: ANDALUCÍA K2 EXPEDITION

 


ALL SET FOR THE RETURN OF ANDALUCIA K2

A touching letter from the members of the expedition, received yesterday by the director of Deporte Andaluz in the presence of the link in Andalucía, Francisco Alí.

More information from the summit of Elbrus, about Huisa and López of Sevilla

B. C. Andalucía K2, July 30, 2003

Our carriers come today Wednesday July 30, and we spend the morning prepping up the barrels, inventories, lists..., a definitive return.

It has been a lot of days in this base and few possibilities given by this marvelous mountain. A lot of rich experiences which we pretend to take advantage of to return some day.

This mountain hasn't been like others, we all have the desire to come back as soon as possible, to go to its highest point. In other expeditions we haven't experienced this desire and if we leave without the summit, the experience remains. K2 seems to have a magical attraction.

Now is time to go down and it looks like we have to do it in a hurry, we hope to be in Skardu in three days, with the help of the porters. These are our last words from BC for this year. Once again THANKS TO EVERYBODY. Manuel González. ANDALUCIA K2.

More information about the success of the Elbrus 2003 Expedition.

The two members of the C. D. Seven Summits, Juan Antonio Huisa and Pedro López Rúiz, who are in the Elbrus 2003 Expedition, left from Sevilla on July 16 and two days latter were already at the Priyut shelter, the last camp, located at 4,200 m. of altitude, with bad weather and with the news that in the last fifteen days several  people had died, trying to crown this same peak. They said they would climb the Pastukov Rock peak at 4,900 m. and they would go down back to the shelter to acclimatize; they have spent three days there, because they not only were affected by altitude but the weather got worse as well.

Some seventy mountaineers from other countries left on the early morning of the 22, but they decided to wait one more day, to improve their acclimatization. Fortunately they did not decide to ascend, because none of the seventy could make the summit and five of them died. So they decided to go down to Trerskol because of the bad weather forecast and wait a couple of days for the weather to improve and to prepare the final attack from there. On the 25th they climbed again to the Priyut shelter and in the early morning of the 26 the started to ascend the last mile that separated them from the summit 5,633) and fortunately could reach it.

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

Dispatches

Pictures and text copyright ANDALUCIA K2 expedition

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