Both Fredrik Ericsson and Trey Cook have reached the base of K2 at the start of their attempt to climb and then ski down the mountain.
They have had problems getting to the base camp of K2. While traveling to Gondoghoro La they were informed that there had been avalanches that had cut off their route. Also their food and gear was not where it was supposed to be. They were told it was coming, but was a day or so behind.
So when they tried to cross the steepest part of the Gondoghoro La they were told to wait by a porter because of the avalanche risk. During the night 2 of the porters decided that they did not want to risk climbing the 1000m pass for $27 a day. Thus this meant that they had to leave some gear behind.
When they reached the top of the Gondoghoro La they had a most amazing sight: 4 of the 14 8000m mountains are within view from here including K2. They camped for the night knowing that they were only 1 day away from K2 base camp.
Then the next day there were further problems with the porters. They said that they would only goto Concordia – an open glacier walk all downhill from where they were. They said that they would not go as far as K2 because they were too tired.
Fredrik Ericsson, however, has had experience with porters who go astray on an expedition before. So he told them that there would be no tips if they did not go all the way to the base camp of K2.
On Fredrik Ericsson’s website there are also some great pics of K2 in clear bright sunshine. Well worth a look.