Ardito Desio, Erich Abram and the cameramen Mario Fantini and Tom Hormann carry out a reconnaissance flight around K2 on board a DC3 plane.
The Scoiattoli K2 adventure begins
Yesterday the mountaineers departed from Milan for Islamabad.
The K2 Expedition 1954 2004 left Cortina yesterday, with an unexpected surprise: immediately after the Church service many of Cortina's residents joined the mountaineers to bid them farewell and wish them luck. "It was beautiful" commented Stefano Dibona, excpedition leader and President of the Scoiattoli, we really didn't expect it. And from the tone in his voice, it is easy to gather that this unexpected surprise moved the mountaineers deeply.
The Scoiattoli were obvioulsy joined by numerous journalists and the editors of Radio Cortina, which will be running a Special about the expedition, linking live to Pakistan for news and information, and offering all a unique chance of following the expedition, step by step, along the trekking approach to the base Camp of k2 at 5000m.
At 14.30 yesterday the expedition left Milan and reached Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, at 7.00am this morning. On Sunday they will head off to Gilgit, and on the 14th they will reach Skardu. two days later the long, one week approach trek will begin.
At Askole, on the way to Base Camp, the expedition will meet up with the "Solidarity Fund Lorenzo Mazzoleni" which the Scoiattoli have pledged to help. On that note, we would like to remind all that 150 jackets specially designed for the expeditiona re on sale, the proceeds of which will go to this medical fund. This is a way for those at home to help the expedition reach their goal, not simply mountaineering but, and by no means less important, that of helping the poorer Pakistan population.
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.