Está quase, mas está difícil.

>> sexta-feira, julho 20, 2007

Neste ponto da expedição do João Garcia, não consigo pensar noutra coisa. Estou em pulgas.

Há pouco, em

Tired climbers

The climbers left Camp 4 between 1 am and 3 am local time for the summit. C4, at anywhere from 7600 to 7900 meters on the Shoulder, is still a solid 16-22 hours from the summit.

5 teams - Russians, Korean men and ladies, Portuguese, one Iranian climber, Americans and Italians were sharing the few tents they have still standing on the ravaged higher camps, and moving according to a common strategy. Weather reports look good, clear and little wind. K2 however suffers a bit more wind coming from China to be added to the forecasted speeds, and the peak is also infamous for sudden local weather patterns.

Remember the climbers are pushing following several days of hard climbing in deep snow to upper camps. Imagine how incredibly tired they must be. Add to that the icy slope, the cold, wind and long hours ahead - and cross your fingers tonight.

Few summits on K2

Statistically, triumphs on K2 are few. Only since the start of the new Millenium, the peak has been left entirely without summits in 2002, 2003 and 2005 . And last year, only four people topped out - and only two of those without oxygen; Italian Nives Meroi and Romano Bennet on exactly the Abruzzi route the current teams are facing.

Relembro quem não saiba que o João Garcia escala sem oxigénio artificial.

Boa sorte!



Álex 7/20/2007 8:22 da manhã  

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