Andalucía K2 will attempt the summit this
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
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.
from Spanish by Jorge Rivera
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