Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner was interviewed shortly after coming back down K2 the last time. She had helped establish the 4th camp at about 7900m. Despite feeling tired after climbing to 8000m she is quite confident about making the summit this time, which is her fourth year on K2.
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner thinks of K2 as the most challenging of all of the mountains that she has been on. Climbing on the north ridge has involved being on the route for 12 hours a day then melting snow so that she can replenish the lost liquids from climbing.
She has no regrets about going to the north ridge of K2 rather than trying the traditional routes on the Pakistan side of K2. From the north ridge it has been possible to see on nice days the summit of K2 and even Nanga Parbat in the distance.
There were no regrets not going for the summit last time they went up. Their aim was to make camp 4 and then examine the Japanese couloir which they will have to cross to reach the summit.