K2 2000 Coming Soon to EverestNews.com
For the third year, EverestNews.com
will cover Summit Attempts on K2. K2 2000 is expected to be special with numerous
Expeditions on the mountain from around the world.
Sponsored by O BOTICÁRIO and TAM,
Waldemar Niclevicz will face K2 again in 2000.
Niclevicz launches his new site www.niclevicz.com.br
Strategy to face K2 in 2000
includes a rigorous training, with escalates in Chile, Venezuela and Colombia.
The Brazilian alpinist Waldemar
Niclevicz, will do a new attempt, between June and August, to climb the most difficult and
dangerous mountain in the world - K2, with 8,611m, located in the North of Pakistan. After
reaching 8,040m of K2, in 1998 and giving up climbing in 1999 after a Rumanian
alpinist's death. It will be his third attempt to conquer the called Death Mountain, where
just 164 have succeeded and 54 have lost their lives.
No alpinist has reached the top for two years and half.
For Niclevicz, the secret of the
success to climb K2 this year is the background got in the last attempts and mainly
the exceptional team that he will be in charge of.
Niclevicz believes that the two
attempts to climb K2 themselves will help him to discover its secrets and guarantee the
success this year. Knowing details about the climb path, called Southeast Crest or
Abruzzos Ram, as well the precise place to camp and the solutions in the most
difficult parts, Niclevicz says his confidence in succeeding is bigger
as well the safety while climbing.
Other positive factor is his
experience about the weather in the region, through observations about winds
direction and clouds formation, all that learned in the previous experiences.
In the last two years, the
Brazilian alpinist has climbed the three of the highest mountains in the world, all over 8
thousand meters of altitude: Cho Oyo (8,201m) and Shisha Pangma (8,046 m) in Tibet and
Gasherbrum (8,035m) in Pakistan. All of those achievements were done without artificial
oxygen help and were fundamental to increase the Niclevicz's body's ability to adapt to
the rarefied air, as well his technical level in high altitudes
Other positive factors for 2000 is
the alpinists team. The Italian Abele Blanc, 47, Project K2's companion since the
beginning, will be with the project again. Other Italian, Marco Camandona, 28, who was
with them in Cho Oyo and Shisha Pangma, also is reinforcing the team. The biggest surprise
in the expedition is the Italian
alpinist Hans Kammerlander, one of the best alpinists ever, who has already climbed most
of the 14 highest mountains in the world.
Kammerlander will be sharing the same climbing
permission with two other alpinists. Participating in the same team is the
German Peter Guggemos, also an expert in climbing in Himalayans with 5 eight thousand
meters. The teams will develop independently inside the same expedition, although all the
work will be done in group.
STRATEGY TO FACE K2 IN 2000
INCLUDES A RIGOROUS TRAINING, WITH CLIMBINGS IN CHILE, VENEZUELA AND COLOMBIA
Niclevicz's strategy for 2000 has
been based on an intense training aiming to increase his aerobic resistance and his
technical level. Running 10 km daily (50 minutes), muscles work and swimming (from a
thousand to 2 thousand meters each other day), together with long distance walking (20 to
30 Km) in the weekends, all that to guarantee an aerobic resistance. His technical level
is guaranteed with periodical climbing and with preparative expeditions.
The first preparative climbing was
held in January. Niclevicz left Curitiba by car, crossing Argentina from East to West,
whose main goal was to reach the mountainous region next to Atacama Desert, known as
Central Andes, where there is the highest concentration of high mountains all
around the Cordillera. That region, located in the north of Chile is little inhabited and
has a rare beauty, extremely arid and with many rocks blooming. There are volcanoes all
around, some of them active, and numberless lagoons appear in deep valleys.
The next preparative expedition
happened from Feb. 8th on - Aguilas Blanca Expedition (Venezuela) and Sierra
Nevada Expedition (Colombia). A group of high- technical expeditions , aiming to
climb the tallest mountains in Venezuela and Colombia ( mountains that had never been
climbed by a Brazilian). The biggest Niclevicz's worry was to get close to Cristobol Colon
Peak (5,766m), a mountainous region in Colombia dominated by guerrilla fighters.
In March Niclevicz is participating
in a 500-year boat race, travelling from Lisbon to Madeira Island on a Hozzoni Boat,
sponsored by TAM. Afterwards he goes to Italy in order to adjust some details with
his team. Before returning to the sailboat, to carry out Salvador-Cabrália way, he
will climb the Neblina Peak, in honor of Brazil 500 years, requested by the Minister of
Sports Mr. Rafael Greca.
Niclevicz launches new site. Now
his address in www.niclevicz.com.br
For Niclevicz, the greatest star in
his Project keeps being Internet. Through his site more than 100 thousand people (
20 % were in English version) could follow the climb last year, checking all expeditions
steps with daily transmissions, via satellite, of photos and information. The
alpinist's site is updated every week with photos about his training and climbing. This
year during K2's climbing, the information will be updated daily again, so it facilitates
the public to get more details about his expedition and also feel the emotion about what
is happening. Communication equipment via satellite also facilitates interviews alive with
journalists and exchange e-mail with the public.
Niclevicz's site is being
re-launched this week developed by !hey Interativa, and can be accessed by www.niclevicz.com.br,
containing information about all the project K2 and other climbing, orientating people
that want to start the alpinism.
EverestNews.com will work with
Waldemar Niclevicz once again to post reports in English.