Climbers fix part of the Japanese Couloir on K2

The North Ridge Expedition decided today to not go to the summit of K2. Rather they have been investigating the Japanese Couloir and fixing rope. Progress though has been slow. They have managed to only fix about 150 -180m of rope vertically at 1pm. The aim is to do this so that they can reach the summit quicker on Tuesday.

There has been some powdery snow. Also in places it has been waist deep. This has slowed progress. Tomorrow they hope for better conditions than they have found on the right of the couloir. On the left hand side of the couloir there is more shade.

The weather has been perfect with just a little bit of wind.

The four climbers going for the summit are: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Darek Zaluski, Maxut Zumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov. Kaltenbrunner, Zumayev and Pivtsov have all climbed 13 8000m mountains and need to climb K2 to complete all 14.

Source: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Below is a screen shot of where they were at camp 4 from Maxut’s GPS.


2 Responses to “Climbers fix part of the Japanese Couloir on K2”

  1. Martin Says:

    It is funny how even on Kaltenbrunner’s blog there are minor discrepancies between the German and English blog. In German they hope for better snow due to longer sun and less wind exposure on the left side, while in English it would be due to more shade. Never mind, the outcome is the same, the hope for better conditions, and according the evening update they found it and decided to stay overnight at 8300 m. Probably not good for sleep but not bad for starting tomorrow.

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