The Friends of Lorenzo Fellowship is an association of volunteers that takes its name from Lorenzo Mazzoleni, an Alpine climber from Lecco who lost his life at the age of 29 on K2 having conquered the peak with an expedition organised by the ‘Spiders’ of Grignetta di Lecco in the summer of 1996.

To remember Lorenzo and keep alive his desire to help those with whom he came into contact as a climber, the Friends of Lorenzo Fellowship has set up a medical unit in Askóle, the last village in the Upper Braldo Valley on the route to K2, in Karakorum, north-east Pakistan.