K2 summit for Italian Da Polenza expedition and Spanish Al filo de lo imposible.
On 26/07 the Italians Silvio Mondinelli, Karl Unterchirker, Walter Nones, Michele Compagnoni, Ugo Giacomelli and the Spaniards Edurne Pasaban, Juanito Oiarzabal, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza reach the summit of K2.
At 13,30 CET Silvio Mondinelli and Karl Unterchirker reached the summit of K2, followed by Walter Nones, Michele Compagnoni and Ugo Giacomelli at 14.15 (17.15 local time). At roughly 17.50 (local time) four members of the Spanish "Al filo de lo imposible expedition, Edurne Pasaban, Juanito Oiarzabal, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza, reached the summit, too. They needed 14-15 hours from Camp 4 to reach the summit. No mountaineer had managed to reach the summit since 2001.
K2 is Silvio Mondinelli's eleventh 8000m+ peak, while Karl Unterkircher has managed the double "Everest + K2" in two months. For Walter Nones and Ugo Giacomelli K2 is their first 8000er, while Michele Compagnoni, grandson of first ascentionist Achille Compagnoni (together with Lino Lacedelli) will no doubt never forget his ascent. Edurne Pasaban, with seven 8000m peaks under her belt, becomes the first Spanish woman to ascend K2.
The Scoiattoli are currently poised for their summit bid: Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Marco Da Pozzo and Renzo Benedetti are at Camp 4 and will attempt top reach the summit of the world's second highest mountain tomorrow.
The successful summiters are currently descending and, as Silvio Mondinelli's wife wrote "We can't fully celebrate the summit joy until they're returned safely to Base Camp. The climb isn't over yet, the descent is always a demanding undertaking..." We'll wait for them return to Camp 4 and BC to celebrate.
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.