After the summit, Mario Dibona has descend to Camp 3, while Marco Da Pozzo, Renato Sottsass and Renzo Benedetti are at Camp 4, together with Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini, who will attempt the summit tonight.
Base Camp K2 - Moday 27 July 2004
The sun is still shining on K2, facilitating the descent to the lower camps. Mario Dibona has already descended to Camp 3, while Marco Da Pozzo, contacted at 13.15 local time, is at Camp 4 with Renato Sottsass and Renzo Benedetti. Marco declared that the final ramp beneath the summit required a lot of care and attention, as it was the only section without fixed ropes. Steep and with hard packed snow, Marco needed as much time to ascend this section as to descent it.
in the meantiime Mario Lacedelli and Luciano Zardini are currently resting at Camp 4. This evening it's their turn: just like the first group they will head off for the summit at 22.00.
For us here at Base Camp, it'll be another sleepless night!
Photo: the Scoiattolo Renato Sottsass close to C3 (7300m). (ph Mario Dibona). Click photo for Ascent Portfolio.
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.