Karl Gabl of the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics is the meteorologist Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner turns to when she wants to know what the weather is like on K2. He has been talking to her on the phone recently and he thinks the chances are good Kaltenbrunner will make the summit of K2.
Gabl said that he is happy with the progress that Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and the other climbers with her have made so far by making it to camp 3 on the north ridge. He believes that they are on the right track for making the summit of the second highest mountain in the world. He has been on the phone with Kaltenbrunner and she said that the whole team is doing well and in good spirits.
The north side of K2 where Kaltenbrunner is climbing, he said, was sheltered from the wind. But it was steeper.
In recent days there have been winds of 90km/h on the summit of K2. From Tuesday onwards, he said, that there would be calmer weather. He expects them to establish camp 3 and then camp 4. After this they will go down to rest. He looked ahead and said that they might go for a summit attempt, with all the camps setup, in the middle of August.
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner only needs to climb K2 to be the first woman to have climbed all 14 8000m mountains without oxygen. This is her fourth year going to K2.