Fellow climbers and sponsors have expressed further opinion to the revelation that Christian Stangl admitted he did not make the summit of K2.
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has found it hard to explain how Christian Stangl could fake his ascent of K2. It was inexplicable to her. She personally knows him.
Another climbing legend Peter Habeler does not know how Stangl came to make up this nonsense. He had always thought that a summit photo was proof and should be accepted. Up until recently he had believed that Stangl had made the summit.
Two of his sponsors have decided to stick with him. They are disappointed with what has happened. Knauf said that their support of Stangl would depend on his own plans to keep climbing. Another sponsor Mammoth said that they will not be trying to get their sponsorship back off Stangl.
Source: Nachrichten (in German)