K2: If the previous mules defeat the highly effective Pakistani air drive | EUROtoday

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K2 BASE CAMP_ The preliminary thought had its indeniable allure. Bringing to the summit of K2, the second highest mountain on this planet, 4 Italian mountaineers along with 4 Pakistani ones to rejoice the seventieth anniversary of the primary ascent of Ardito Desio's expedition. A chance that meant paying homage to the nation of K2, committing to gender equality and inspiring the beginning of an area guides affiliation that included an increasing number of ladies.
All very noble intentions that, day after day, needed to cope with a really totally different actuality. A technical and athletic hole between the 4 Italian climbers and the 4 Pakistani ones was taken without any consideration. So a lot in order that within the first acclimatization rotations if the Italians had begun to set foot as much as camp 2 which is near 7 thousand meters, the Pakistani ones with appreciable problem had managed to succeed in camp 1.

A nasty lung an infection that struck Samina Baig, a mountaineer who had already accomplished the “Seven Summit” circuit and had already reached the summit of K2 with a industrial expedition, dashed the hopes that one of many Pakistani ladies might attain the summit. Samina may be very well-known in her nation and the chief of the K2 70 expedition and president of the Everest K2 CNR Committee, Agostino Da Polenza, had excessive hopes for her. Despite the care supplied by the expedition physician and CNR researcher Lorenza Pratali, Samina's situation has progressively worsened in latest days. Already on Wednesday night Da Polenza requested the intervention of a Pakistani military helicopter to take Samina to hospital. With the insurance coverage issues and associated funds additionally resolved, every little thing appeared prepared for a medical evacuation on Thursday 4 July. At the final second the management centre reported that the plane have been concerned in an anti-terrorism operation in Chilas.

Everything was then postponed to Friday 5 July however the climate within the departure space in Skardu didn’t enable take-offs. When the scenario improved in Skardu, clouds started to collect over the Baltoro glacier. Even although the circumstances weren’t prohibitive, the management centre in Gilgit cancelled the operation. The heartfelt interventions of Da Polenza on the Army General Staff and the repeated requests from the Italian ambassador in Islamabad Armellin have been of little use. On Friday night, in settlement together with her brother, it was determined to ship Samina down into the valley with an oxygen masks on, on the again of one of many mules utilized by the porters to load the shipments. A journey of about 90 km to Askole not with out dangers and numerous unknowns. An compulsory various to the military helicopters that fly over the Baltoro daily to face the Indian forces on the border with Kashmir.

Together with Samina, Amina Bano additionally descended to the valley, having had many issues in reaching camp 1, saved in extremis from edema celebrated for the providential intervention of the Italian mountaineer Cristina Piolini, an knowledgeable in mountain rescue who with problem managed to get her down with the fastened ropes to the Advanced Base Camp. The solely hope that one of many Pakistanis can now attain the 8611 meters of K2 inside the month are entrusted to the 2 who remained on the base camp, particularly Samana Rahim and Nadeema Sahar.

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As for the Italians, Anna Torretta, a information from Courmayeur, is efficiently acclimatizing within the excessive camps along with the younger and extremely motivated Silvia Loreggian and Federica Mingolla.