03-08-2004 The Scoiattoli return home The Scoiattoli chose an alternative route to return home as soon as possible.
31-07-2004 Preparations are underway to leave K2 BC 31 July 1954: 50 years to date Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni reached the top of K2. Walter Bonatti and hunza Mahdi descended from the terrible bivvy at 8100m, after having transported the oxygen bottles, necessary for the successful summit. And excately 50 years later, the Scoiattoli prepare to say goodbye to the great mountain. And prepare to return to Cortina and the warm welcome!
30-07-2004 Brief comments, times and photos about the 6 Scoiattoli who reached he summit of K2 Unstable weather conditions have returned to K2, just like during the last two months. Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini have returned to BC this morning and are now resting. We take this opportunity for a (brief) reflection about the Scoiattoli's journey. A personal journey that profoundly involved each member of the expedition and also involved all those who followed the expedition's progress over the last couple of months. We have often reminded our readers that K2 is, without a doubt, one of the most demanding and dangerous mountains in the "14 highest club". And this has been confirmed by the news reports over the last couple of days, in particular Edurne Pasabán and Juanito Oiarzabal's difficult descent from the summit to BC. This year, just when all were beginning to lose hope, K2 conceded a 5 day weather window but - you'll have noticed - K2 remains a hard nut to crack. A Great Mountain that must be climbed with respect and preparation. A short glance at the first initial thoughts of the K2 summiters listed below says it all...
30-07-2004 Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini at Base Camp! The Scoattoli K2 adventure has now finally finished, in the best possible way. Mario Lacedelli (highly emotional) and Luciano Zardini have returned to BC after having reached the summit on Wednesday 28 July, and 5 nights (the final 2 at Camp 4 and 2) on the mountain. As we speak they are eating together with the other expedition members. Renzo Benedetti was transported to Skardu by helicopter this morning.
29-07-2004 Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini at Camp 2 Mario and Luciano have descended to Camp 2 where they will spend the night. The weather has turned for the worse, but the Scoiattoli are now at a safer altittude.
29-07-2004 Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini start descent Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini have started the long descent from Camp 4 back down to BC. The weather got worse during the night.
28-07-2004 Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini summit! At 9.45 local time on 28 July 2004, Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini reached the summit of K2, 8611m. They reached the top together with the Swiss Mountain Guide Michel Andre Wirdt, a Sherpa and and the Pakistani high altitude porter Mohamed Sanap Akam.
28-07-2004 Difficult Spanish "Al filo de lo impossible” descent concluded Difficult descent from the summit of K2 during the night of 26/07 for Mikel Zabalza, Juan Vallejo and, above all, Edurne Pasabán and Juanito Oiarzabal. The latter was rescued by Walter Nones, Nadia Tiraboschi, Tarcisio Bellò, Pierangelo Maurizio and Spaniard Ferran. The descent from K2 continued all of yesterday. And this morning Edurne Pasabán and Juanito Oiarzabal were airlifted out of Base Camp by helicopter.
27-07-2004 K2: settling in for the night The four Scoiattoli summiters are resting at Camp 3. Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini will head for the summit at 24.00 local time, and the two Scoiattoli will be joined by 4 Swiss mountaineers, including Kari Kobler and 4 high altitude porters.
27-07-2004 Descent fine After the summit, Mario Dibona has descend to Camp 3, while Marco Da Pozzo, Renato Sottsass and Renzo Benedetti are at Camp 4, together with Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini, who will attempt the summit tonight.
A weak ridge is situated over Afghanistan. It may at times affect the K2-area during the first days giving only risk of occasional showers. Then it seems to become more unsettled with frequent showers due to lows over Kashmir and Tibet.