Archive for February, 2011

Bannon gives talk about K2

February 19, 2011

Banjo Bannon has given a talk about his K2 expeditions to the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team. He gave it so that they could raise money for a land rover.

Bannon tried to climb K2 3 times. The closest that he got was in 2006 when he got within 300m of the summit. Initially he had started climbing with Gerard McDonnell from Ireland. But a rockfall hurt McDonnell and he was unable to go any further.

But Bannon decided to make another attempt for the summit. He ended up joining 4 Russians for a final attempt. They had to wait out a number of days of bad weather. Then there was a weather window. This would be the final chance of summer 2006 to make it to the summit of K2.

Tragedy struck though at about 8350m on the final summit push. An avalanche swept down and all 4 Russians were lost dead. Bannon just survived the avalanche before turning back.

After this Bannon decided to never make another attempt of K2.

Source: Dromoreleader

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West Australian has K2 dreams and others

February 19, 2011

A Western Australian climber has raised the possibility of climbing other big mountains after making the summit of Everest. He became only the third from that state to have made the summit of the tallest mountain in the world.

Patrick Hollingworth is an adventurer that are very opposing in their nature. While in Perth, Western Australia, he likes to swim, surf and the water. But he also has a passion for Himalayan mountains.

He is someone he feels he needs a big challenge. Though the idea of K2 is only a dream at present, he aims to go back to the Himalayas and climb some 6000m mountains next. He may go back up Everest again and/ or guide tourists up there too.

Source: WAToday

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner to return to K2 in 2011

February 16, 2011

In an interview on the Desnivel website, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has confirmed that she wants to return to K2 in 2011. She said that she is over the tragedy on K2 in 2010 when Fredrik Ericsson fell to his death on the final assault of the summit. It has taken time, but she has decided that she wants to return to K2. Even if she fails again, she will probably return, she said.

In 2010 she made it to the bottleneck at over 8300m on a final summit push before her climbing partner that day, Fredrik Ericsson, had a fall and died. This stopped her going any further.

Interesting, she said that she is considering going up another way to the summit of K2. She has been going up the Cesen route, which is the second most popular to the Abruzzi Ridge. Both routes join up near camp 4 on the shoulder. This may mean that she could do a more difficult route. Or she may head to the Chinese side of the mountain and try the North ridge. Such a route is seen to be a huge challenge and normally larger expeditions than a few attempt it.

Last year Edurne Pasaban became the first woman to have climbed all 14 8000m mountains. Kaltenbrunner said that she was happy for her. At no point in her climbing has she ever worried about being the first woman to have achieved this. If she does make the summit of K2 this year then she would be the second woman to have climbed all 14 8000m mountains. South Korean Miss Oh has 13 also after her climb of Kanchenjunga has been discredited.

Source:  Desnivel ( translated into English)