New assault on K2 next week

The climbers that are remaining have decided to pull together and make an assault on K2 next week . They have had news that the weather is expected to be good in early August. The best day to summit will be Tuesday according to the forecast. This is when there will be an expected push by all members to the summit.

Jake Meyer says that early on Tuesday morning the strongest climbers will fix rope on the Bottleneck and Traverse before the rest set off for the summit. These are dangerously steep areas near the summit.

He said that in the discussions about this assault on the mountain that they talked about climbing the rocks to the left of the Bottleneck. But this idea was discarded. The only time that this has ever been climbed was in 1939.

The Bottleneck is the fastest way to the summit from the shoulder of the mountain. It gives some idea of the danger of the Bottleneck, though, that they talked about not going up it, but around it on the exposed rocks, which would take longer to climb.


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