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24-07-2004
Good weather forecast: the Scoiattoli head off for the summit
Unpredictable Himalaya, all plans changed abruptly: this morning's weather forecast predicts 5 days of good weather for a summit attempt. The Scoiattoli immediately get ready: Marco Da Pozzo, Davide Alberti, Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Renzo Benedetti, Marco Anghileri, 4 high altitude porters and 2 Swiss mountaineers are already climbing up the mountain If all goes accoriding to plans, a second group will head off tomorrow. This is comprised of Mario Lacedelli, Luciano Zardini, Marco Sala, Stefano Dibona, 3 high altitude porters and 3 Swiss mountaineers.
Saturday 24 July
Fantastic weather here on K2! And so, at 6.45 local time, all Scoiattoli excluding Renzo Benedetti, Marco Da Pozzo and Marco Sala left BC, some for Camp , others for Camp 2. Given yesterday's weather forecast (good for Satuday and Sunday only, then bad once again), the program had been to accompany a Swiss photographer/journalist for the magazine "Sterne" to Camp 1, so as to moving.

At 8.00 Kari Kobler printed out the forecast as usual, and to some surprise read the following: 5 days of good and stable weather, with just a bit of wind up high. We immediately contacted the mountaineers who, in the meantime, had reached ABC, and broke the news. There was a bit of confusion at this point as logically not all of them had taken all the equipment necessary for a summit push. And so, after a frenetic gear check via radio, the first group was formed for the summit push.

At 10.00 Renzo Benedetti, Marco Da Pozzo and 5 high altitude porters left BC with the gear needed for the summit push. As soon as they reached ABC the first group, comprised of Marco Da Pozzo, Davide Alberti, Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Renzo Benedetti, Marco Anghileri, 4 high altitude porters and 2 Swiss mountaineers, left for the first attempt. The other Scoiattoli who had left for ABC this morning are currently returning to BC and will head off towards the summit tomorrow morning. They are: Mario Lacedelli, Luciano Zardini, Marco Sala, Stefano Dibona, 3 high altitude porters and 3 Swiss mountaineers.

Giuseppe Ghedina

First group
Marco Da Pozzo, Davide Alberti, Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Renzo Benedetti, Marco Anghileri, 4 high altitude porters and 2 Swiss mountaineers

Second group
Mario Lacedelli, Luciano Zardini, Marco Sala, Stefano Dibona, 3 high altitude porters and 3 Swiss mountaineers

Photo: K2 from BC. ph Giuseppe Ghedina.

NEWS
03-08-2004
The Scoiattoli return home
31-07-2004
Preparations are underway to leave K2 BC
30-07-2004
Brief comments, times and photos about the 6 Scoiattoli who reached he summit of K2
30-07-2004
Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini at Base Camp!
29-07-2004
Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini at Camp 2
WEATHER
27-07-2004
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.

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