At 8.00 (local time) Marco Da Pozzo, Davide Alberti, Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass and Renzo Benedetti starded the ascent towards Camp 4. Mario Lacedelli, Marco Sala and Luciano Zardini, currently at Camp 2, will head to Camp 3.
Base Camp K2 - Monday 26 July 2004
Stefano Dibona has received the first radio contact from the high camps at roughly 6.00am: due to the strong winds, both groups have decided to shift the start back a couple of hours. At roughly 8.00am the first group headed off from Camp 3 (7300m) up towards Camp 4 (roughly 8000m). The second group at Camp 2 (6600m) will now move up to Camp 3.
Marco Da Pozzo, Davide Alberti, Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Renzo Benedetti, 4 high altitude porters, 2 Swiss mountaineers. Second Group
Mario Lacedelli, Marco Sala, Luciano Zardini, 3 high altitude porters, 3 Swiss mountaineers.
Photo: 25 July 2004, 22.00. K2 waits... (ph Giuseppe Ghedina). Click to enlarge.
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.