A New Jersey newspaper has written a story about Rob Stringers attempt on K2 and Broad Peak in 2011.
Springer has been training extremely hard for his attempt on these mountains. He does a massive amount of training to prepare himself. He makes sure that he overdoes it just in case all of his physical resources are needed while climbing.
Part of his training involves running through hiking trails with a heavy backpack and ski poles. He also runs as if preparing for a marathon. Also he works hard on his upper body strength. He believes that strength is important at high altitude. “You’re gonna lose at least 20 pounds on the mountain,” he said.
He accepts that death is part of the risk that any climber accepts. “There’s risk but everybody accepts the risk,” he said.
Becoming a mountaineer was easy for Springer. At the age of 3 he started downhill skiing. Eventually he became interested in rock climbing and hiking. Five years ago he quit his job to follow his passion for climbing.
He started climbing some of the highest mountains in the USA. These were: Mount Hood, Mount Rainer, and then Denali the highest mountain in North America.
Eventually he decided to tackle the 8000m peaks. The first he tried was Cho Oyu but he did not make the summit. His oxygen run out and he had to turn back.
Then he turned his attention to Everest. He joined an international expedition in 2009 and made the summit. But once he made it to the top trouble started. His oxygen mask had disintegrated. So he had to descend quickly. Also he got some snow blindness because he had to not use the snow goggles because they got fogged up. Also he got frostbit on his toes and some were removed when he got home. But he thought that all of these risks were worth the effort.
For Springer K2 in the ultimate in climbing mountains. “For mountaineers, K2 is the prize,“ he said
Springer will be part of the Field Touring Alpine Expedition to Broad Peak and K2 in the summer of 2011.
Source: New Jersey Hills