63 porters leave with provisions for camp I, at 5,400 metres. The next day the whole team of mountaineers meet at base camp. All the baggage has arrived at last.
Sun on K2: the climb begins
After days of heavy snowfall finally the sun returns to K2 and preparations begin in earnest. After the Tibetan celebration to bless the expedition the team establishs ABC. Next stop, Camp 1.
27 June 2004, Base Camp K2 (5000 m)
After 5 days of snowfall finally some good weather at BC. The sun immediately warms the tents and at 6.00 am we're all awake, admiring K2 and the paradise that surrounds us. The porters make good use of the good weather and celebrate the pujia, the Tibetan celebration to wish the expedition well and bless the mountaineering equipment. The bad weather meant that we rested and acclimatised better, while Kari Kobler and his organisation have equipped as Base Camp as best as possible.
28 June, Base Camp K2 (5000 m)
Finally we're off to the mountain. We depart early, at 5.00am, and in little under two hours we reach ABC. The route leads across a beuatiful glacier but the recent snowfall results in the crevaces begin hidden and we've got to be extremely carefuò We're at the base of the Abruzzi Spur and, even if it wasn't planned, we can't resist temptation and ascend the spur for a few hundred meters. The next stage is Camp 1, which we should reach on 30 June.
Speak to you soon, and a warm hug from the entire expedition Giuseppe Ghedina
Photos: Looking at K2, the first sunny day at base Camp
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.