After a terrible night, Bonatti and Mahdi manage to return to camp VIII; the Hunza's feet and hands are seriously frostbitten. Lacedelli and Compagnoni descend to get the oxygen bottles and then climb to the summit. They reach the top of K2, at 8,611 metres, at 6.00pm. They arrive back at camp VIII at 11.00 pm.
Summit success! Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Marco Da Pozzo and Renzo Benedetti have reached the summit of K2
On 27 July 2004 at 7.15 local time Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Marco Da Pozzo and Renzo Benedetti reached the summit of K2, 8611 m. They reached the top of the second highest mountain in the world together with Mingma Sherpa and Thilen Sherpa.
Base Camp K2 - Monday 27 July 2004 - telephone call via satellite with Giuseppe Ghedina It's a stupendous day on K2 today, and it was a magnificent summit for the Scoiattoli! Mario Dibona, Renato Sottsass, Marco Da Pozzo and Renzo Benedetti left Camp 4 on 26/07/2004 at 22.00 (local time) installed on the Shoulder of K2. At 7.15 local time (27/07/2004), the four reached the 8611m high summit, after slightly more than 9 hours of climbing. They reached the summit together with Thilen Sherpa from Nepal, while countryman Mingma Sherpa had preceded the entire group.
All mountaineers are currently descending. Mario Dibona has already reached Camp 3, while Renato Sottsass, Marco Da Pozzo and Renzo Benedetti and the two Sherpa are climbing down the Bottleneck.
But the expedition is not over yet. The adventure continues for Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini who, having left Camp 3, are climbing up to Camp 4 and, weather conditions permitting, will make a summit attempt this evening, following the same program as their teammates.
Photo: first row from left: Marco Da Pozzo, Renato Sottsass, Davide Alberti, Fabrizio Spaziani, Marco Sala. Second row from left: Mario Lacedelli, Mario Dibona, Marco Anghileri, Lino Lacedelli, Luciano Zardini, Renzo Benedetti, Stefano Dibona (ph Giuseppe Ghedina).
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.