On 01/07 the Scoiattoli reached Camp 2 (6600m). After sleeping at Camp 1 (6000m) Mario Lacedelli, Renato Sottsass, Luciano Zardini and Marco Sala climbed past the famous House's Chimney and reached Camp 2 at 6600m. Now, Friday 2/07, the Scoiattoli are all at Base Camp Campo Base and the weather, as forecast, has worsened.
Raging storm, but acclimatising continues
Despite bad weather the Scoiattoli continue their acclimatisation program, which is fundamental for when the weather improves. Marco Anghileri, Renzo Benedetti and Marco Da Pozzo spend the night at Camp 2.
Sunday 4 July 2004 from BC Weather conditions aren't great, but despite this Mario Lacedelli, Luciano Zardini, Renato Sottsass and Marco Sala left BC early this morning to reach the other expedition members who spent the night as Camp 1. During their ascent the weather worsened and a storm began: 40 cm of fresh snow fell in just a few minutes.
The four were forced to retreat to Camp 1, but were able to confirm that, despite the storm, the other members are attempting to reach Camp 2. given the poor conditions Davide Alberti and Stefano Dibona decided to descend to BC, while Marco Anghileri, Renzo Benedetti and Marco Da Pozzo prefer to remain at altitude, and spend the night at Camp 2 (6600m).
photo: Stefano Dibona followed by Marco Da Pozzo, in a raging storm close to Camp 2 (6600m). (ph Davide Alberti).
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.