Lacedelli, Compagnoni, Abram, Gallotti and Rey depart to establish camp VIII at 7,700 metres.
Camp 4 reached
All is going well: Mario Dibona and Renato Sottsass have reached Camp 4 (13.30 local time). Marco Da Pozzo and Renzo Benedetti are close. Davide Alberti has been forced to turn back and is now in promximity of Advanced Base Camp. Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini are proceeding up to Camp 3, while Marco Sala has had to renounce and turn back.
Base Camp K2 - Monday 26 July 2004 At 13.30 (local time) Mario Dibona and Renato Sottsass reached Camp 4 (at roughly 8000m). About half an hour behind them are Marco Da Pozzo and Renzo Benedetti. Davide Alberti, member of Group 1, has had the same stomach problems as Marco Anghileri and is now descending. Currently he is close to ABC.
Unfortunately another member of the second group, Secondo Gruppo, Marco Sala, has had to give up. The section between Camps 2 and 3 this morning were windswept and the intense cold forced him to turn back. The other members of the second group, Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini, are continuing on Camp 3.
Marco Da Pozzo, Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Renzo Benedetti, 4 high altitude porters, 2 high altitude porters: Dr. Johannes Blaser and the mountain guide Michel Andre Wirdt. (Davide Alberti has been forced to descend and is currently close to ABC)
Mario Lacedelli, Luciano Zardini 3 high altitude porters, 3 high altitude porters: Kari Kobler leader of the expedition, Daniel Surchat and Jöelle Brupbacher, the only female team member. (Marco Sala is currently descending)
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.