Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner confirms she is leaving for K2 in June

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has said on her website that she intends to make another attempt on K2 in 2011. All of her previous attempts have been made on the treks up the Pakistan side of the mountain.

This time she will attempt K2 from the North side. To get there she will have to goto China first. This is a more difficult trek than from the more familiar trek in Pakistan. There are rivers to cross on the way there which can be of an unpredictable height depending on the rain. Camels will be used to help transport all of the equipment across these rivers and get to the base camp.

In the last few months she has been lecturing. Also she and her husband have been training in Croatia to build up their strength.

Along with Kaltenbrunner will be her husband, Ralf Dujmovits, Tommy Heinrich from Argentina, a friend from Poland and possibly 2 Kazakh climbers.

A Russian 1996 K2 expedition followed a similar path, once they were in China. They were lucky for the rivers were not very high. They went into the Shaksgam Valley which Kaltenbrunner mentions that she will be going to. Several of their expedition made it to the top of K2, but one died on the way down. Source: 1996 K2 Russian summit and tragedy. In 1982,  a Japanese expedition became the first one to climb K2 from the Chinese side.

She feels that she is over the disappointment and tragedy from 2010 when she lost her climbing partner, Fredrik Ericsson on the final attempt to climb to the summit. Kaltenbrunner only needs to climb K2 in order to have made the summit of all 14 8000m mountains without oxygen.

Source: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

A photo of the North Ridge can be seen on Summitpost

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