John Snorri Sigurjónsson reaches 8237m on summit bid

July 28, 2017

John Snorri Sigurjónsson has been making progress in his quest for K2’s summit. He is now at 8237m and less than 400m from the summit. His GPS shows that he has been climbing for over 9 hours. He and the other climbers still have time to make the summit.

John Snorri Sigurjónsson GPS


Vanessa O’Brien GPS up K2

July 28, 2017

Vanessa O’Brien is still going up K2 and has a GPS you can follow her on. At about 930am Pakistan time she was around the bottleneck at 8209m. So she had about 400m to the summit. So far she has been climbing for 8 1/2 hours today. It must be hard going but it is not unusual to be taking so long to reach this far.

Vanessa O’Brien GPS

Climbers begin their summit attempt of K2

July 28, 2017

As many as 14 climbers have set out for the summit of K2. They left after 11pm Pakistan time.

John Snorri Sigurjónsson Has his GPS running during this ascent so that can be followed for the best indication of their progress. Other than that we will have to wait for messages from the summit possibly.

John Snorri Sigurjónsson GPS


Dangerous conditions forces Fredrik Strang and Polish team to abandon K2 summit attempt

July 28, 2017

Fredrik Strang has called from base camp to say that he has abandoned his attempt at the summit till there is another weather window. He said that the conditions were dangerous. The snow was deep and there were potential avalanches. Visibility was poor too. 

The following is from his Facebook page:

“They aborted the ascent at aprox. 7400 meters due to bad weather and dangerous conditions with little visibility, waist-deep snow and avalanches.”

Polish climbers also abandoned this attempt. 

It may mean that the only climbers there are from Destination Dreamers, who are going for the summit. 

Fredrik Strang Facebook

Only Destination Dreamers expedition trying for K2 summit at 11 pm Pakistan time

July 28, 2017

Mingma G has updated his Facebook his Facebook site to say that it is only his expedition that are going for the summit today. Vanessa O’Brien is part of this expedition. By saying his is the only team, it could mean the only big team to be going for the summit. There maybe individual climbers too. There would be other Sherpas from this expedition too either helping or going for the summit. 

It was a gruelling climb for C3 to C4 yesterday, so whether all climbers will go for the summit is hard to say right now. 

He also said that they will depart at 11pm. They would be hoping to traverse the bottleneck at first light. He said no more information will come till 10am Pakistan time. 

Mingma G Facebook

John Snorri Sigurjonsson expected try for summit tonight at 10pm Pakistan time

July 27, 2017

John Snorri Sigurjonsson has had an update to his Facebook page. It says that there will be a summit attempt in 5 hours time. This could mean a summit start at 10pm in the evening Pakistan time. Though it could be an hour either way.

He said that the journey from C3 to C4 was exhausting with depths of snow from 50 to 100 cm. It took him 12 hours to do this when normally it is much faster. They had to dig 1.5m to put the tent down. It is a double tent but 4 people slept in it. They had a meeting last night about the tactics to reach the summit.

John Snorri Sigurjonsson Facebook

Camp 4 established on K2

July 27, 2017

After a long and exhausting climb, C4 has been established. It is at about 7630m. This is just under 1000m to the summit. The snow has been deep higher up though  a good weather forecast puts the summit in reach of these climbers today.

There were reports of deep snow on the way from C3 to C4 on the Abruzzi Ridge. It took up to 12 hours to reach this from C3. Also there are reports of Polish Skier A Bargiel joining them from the Cessna route.

It is possible that there are 15 climbers at C4. Most of these are Sherpas, possibly 9 of them and maybe 5 or 6 other climbers. Mingus G from Destination Dreamers is likely there as the leader of his team.

Of the other climbers Vanessa O’Brien is there. Also Icelandic climber John Sigurjonsson is there too. Polish skier Bargiel is likely there. Possibly Fredrik Strang is there too. There might be other climbers there too.

All the climbers who turned back because of the conditions and tight weather window will be watching their progress closely. How they go will help determine if there are any regrets at not making an attempt.

John Snorri Sigurjónsson getting closer to C4

July 26, 2017

John Snorri Sigurjónsson has made some ground today from C3 on the Abruzzi Ridge. Presently he is at over 7600m which is about 1000m in height less than the summit of K2. This is at about 4:30 pm Pakistan time.

Though he has made great strides today, one would expect that this would take enormous effort to get that far in one day. It has been slow going all day, but consistent.

He and other climbers who maybe with him, will need to be closer than where they are now. That is a long way to go, when tired after todays effort.

GPS Sigurjónsson 

Fredrik Strang still hopeful of making summit

July 26, 2017

Fredrik Strang earlier today updated his Facebook, stating that he was hoping for better weather today and tomorrow as well. He is currently climbing the Abruzzi Ridge.

Yesterday he was stuck at C2 at 6700m because of poor weather conditions. He is hoping to reach camp 4 and then the summit of K2 within this weather window.

Fredrik Strang

Furtenbach Adventures end their K2 expedition

July 26, 2017

Furtenbach Adventures have ended their K2 expedition after conditions were considered too dangerous. They said that the recent heavy fall of snow had created avalanche dangers. They did not want their Sherpas to go up and take a huge risk in these conditions. They will leave base camp tomorrow.

This expedition had great success on Broad peak with a number of climbers making the summit. Some climbers transferred from this to K2 to see if they had a chance to make the summit too.

Furtenbach Adventures