Polish Winter Expedition reaches K2 base camp

January 11, 2018

The Polish winter expedition to K2 has reached base camp. There are about 100 porters with them. They will construct base camp, wait for more supplies to arrive and then start making plans to climb K2.

Polish Winter Expedition 

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Polish Winter Expedition arrives at Concordia

January 9, 2018

The Polish winter expedition has arrived at Concordia. Tomorrow they will arrive at K2 base camp. Only 40 percent of their equipment will arrive with them though. But withing 2-4 days the rest of it should arrive. Conditions have been fine, but very cold.

Polish Winter Expedition 

Polish Winter Expedition heading towards K2 base camp

January 8, 2018

The Polish winter expedition have arrived in Pakistan and are now headed towards base camp. They arrived in late December in Pakistan. They have made their way to Skardu and from there to Askole. Since then they have been walking by foot with the assistance of many Pakistani porters.

The aim of the expedition is to climb K2 in winter. So far there has been no successful attempt of K2 in winter. This is the only 8000m mountain without one.

Polish Winter Expedition 

Fredrik Strang ends expedition

August 1, 2017

Fredrik Strang has ended his 2017 campaign to climb K2. He said that he had 2 options. The first was to climb K2 solo. This would be done with him only carrying essential gear. He believed that he had the experience to do so. One of the problems he saw was that warmer conditions had been experienced on the upper parts of K2. This can raise the risk of rock falls and avalanches, and make footing less reliable. He thought that maybe the bottleneck would prove to be difficult under those circumstances. Plus if he climbed K2 alone then there might be no one left on the mountain or in base camp. That would be very risky if anything happened to him.

His second option was to end the expedition. This is what he has decided to do after weighing the other possibility. He is naturally disappointed. He said that once he reaches Skardu he will post pictures from his expedition.

He said that he has already decided that he will make another attempt on K2.

Fredrik Strang Facebook

Latest attempt up K2 fails

July 30, 2017

An attempt to make an attempt from base camp t o K2’s summit has failed. The attempt was between 2 small teams. this included Fredrik Strang, 5 Pakistani climbers, and 3 Polish climbers: Janusz Gołąb; Andrzej Bargiel and  Kuba Poburka. It failed because the Polish climbers decided to turn around. Janusz Gołąb was struggling with an infection and had to turn around. Further, Andrzej Bargiel said that there was rock fall that was increasing. The Polish climbers decided that it was too risky to continue. It looks like their expedition is over.

Fredrik Strang seems to be disappointed about this. He is now not sure what to do. A decision will be made in the coming days.

Fredrik Strang Facebook

Andrzej Bargiel Instagram

 

Fredrik Strang may try for another summit attempt soon

July 29, 2017

Fredrik Strang has said that his next attempt at K2’s summit will depend on the weather in the next few days. If he does try again then he will take the Cesen route and not the Abruzzi Ridge. He said he would do this because of bad conditions on the Abruzzi. He would likely mean avalanches and possible rock fall.

Strang also congratulated those who made the summit yesterday

Fredrik Strang Facebook

Climbers start to head down from C4

July 29, 2017

After 12 climbers made the summit of K2 yesterday, they stayed at C4 last night. Today within the last hour they have started to descend to base camp today.

It was a truly brave effort from  the climbers yesterday. All reports were that it was not an easy climb even to the lower camps. The weather was good as predicted for summit day. Yet the going was slow and there must have been deep snow. In particular Mingma G and his team of Sherpas deserve praise for making the right decision, and their incredible effort. It is possible that without his team there would have been no summit yesterday.

12 climbers make the summit of K2

July 28, 2017

Mingma G has updated his Facebook page to say that there were 12 climbers who made the summit of K2 today. These climbers are as follows:

Mr. Mingma G sherpa
Mr. Dawa Gyalje Sherpa
Mr. Tsering Pemba Sherpa
Mr. Nima Tshering Sherpa
Mr. Lakpa Nuru Sherpa
Mr. Nima Nuru Sherpa
Mr. Ang Tsering Sherpa
Mr. Azong
Mr. Zhang Liang
Miss. Jing Xue
Vanessa O’Brien
John Snorri Sigurjonsson

He did say that they finally made the summit. It is pretty clear that they underestimated conditions at the summit.

Mingma G Facebook

Vanessa O’Brien reaches K2 summit

July 28, 2017

Vanessa O’Brien has reached the summit of K2 after a huge effort on summit day. So far she has been climbing for 16 1/2 hours. This is a long time climbing, even for summit day on K2.

She has posted on her twitter that she made thew summit.

The local time in Pakistan is 4pm. She will be trying to get past the bottleneck before 7pm when it starts getting dark.

Vanessa O’Brien Twitter

O’Brien and Sigurjonsson either at summit or very near

July 28, 2017

The GPS of both Vanessa O’Brien and John Snorri Sigurjonsson have them within metres of K2’s summit. One would assume that they are there or minutes away from being at the summit.  Sigurjonsson has been recorded at a height of 8602m. K2 is 8611m high. O’Briens GPS heights have been less reliable. More information will be needed for her location.

So far they have climbed nearly 16 hours. They will want to get down as quick as possible if they have made the summit, before darkness. The part after the bottleneck seems to have taken the climbers much longer than they thought.

John Snorri Sigurjonsso GPS

Vanessa O’Brien GPS