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K2: Marco Confortola still descending from Camp 3

04.08.2008 by PlanetMountain

Marco Confortola is reputedly still descending from Camp 3 with a high altitude porter. No definitive news as yet from the high camps on K2.

The news this morning is that the Italian mountaineer Marco Confortola is not in Camp 2 as had previously been presumed, instead it now seems as if he is descending from Camp 3.

The news was broken by a high altitude porter of the Italian mountaineer who at Camp 2 met an American climber and another porter who have climbed up to help the rescue operations. The news was published both on the Italian montagna.tv and the Dutch www.noritk2.nl (12.30 K2-time).

Wilco van Rooijen and Cas Van de Gevel have been transported by helicopter this morning to Skardu. Furthermore, a reconnaissance flight was carried out including Roberto Manni, the Italian mountaineer who had attempted the summit with the other mountaineers last Friday but who turned back due to feeling unwell. He had returned to C4 that day and Base Camp the next.

The current situation on K2 is marked by uncertainties. Hopes are high that Confortola, described as being "helped" and in discrete condition, will manage to reach Base Camp today.

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