Posts Tagged ‘K2; 2017; Mingma G; Abruzzi Ridge’

First members of Dreamers Destination head up K2

July 23, 2017

Mingma G has shared on Facebook that the first of his team have left on their summit attempt. He said that tomorrow that others will join them at camp 1. It will be expected though that those climbers that leave today will go higher tomorrow. 

They will have to assess whether there was damage to any camps in particular camp 3. Also there are concerns about the ropes in this region. So they could be busy fixing these up for he climbers to come. 

Then they will have to setup camp 4 on the shoulder before any summit attempt. 

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Himalayan Experience hopes to summit K2 on 28th July

July 20, 2017

Despite some bad weather in recent days, Himalayan Experience are still hopeful of summiting K2 at the end of July. They have been up to some camps on the Cesen in the last 5 days. 8 of their climbers including 5 HAPs went up to camp 2. They cleaned up a now defunct camp 1 and moved equipment to camp 2. Then all of these climbers went to camp 3 and carried equipment there. They would have wanted to stay at camp 3 but the weather was poor so they returned to base camp. They managed to go up K2 when other expeditions on the Abruzzi Ridge havnt been able to go up in the last 5 days. 

They also lent about 250m to Dreamers Destination expedition led by Mingma G. He lent this because it is believed that the massive avalanche wiped out much equipment and ropes around camp 3. He also said it was in their self interest because he is hoping both expeditions reach camp 4 at the same time. This will make a summit attempt more likely to be successful. 

This expedition are basing their expected chance of making a summit push on recent forecasts. But these forecast can change. 

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Weather delays Sherpas

July 18, 2017

There was a plan for some Sherpas to go up the Abruzzi Ridge and assess the damage from a recent massive avalanche. However, there has been snow falling and this has made them cancel their plans. Mingma G reported this on Facebook. This means that no one knows if there has been any damage to their camps and equipment up the Abruzzi Ridge. The climbers on the Cesen route have not had this to worry about.

He said that the earliest day that the weather will allow them to climb up is on Saturday 22nd July. According to Mountain Forecast, Saturday appears to be a better day to climb. It is predicting a day without snow. Mingma G did say that time was running out.

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Climbers wait to see what damage on Abruzzi Ridge from avalanche

July 17, 2017

In recent days there has been a huge avalanche down the Abruzzi Ridge. Most of the climbers have been on this route. A team of Sherpas went up to inspect the possible damage. But they turned back because of poor weather with strong winds.

Today another group of Sherpas will attempt to go up and assess the damage. In particular they are interested in inspecting camp 3, where the avalanche seemed to have ripped through. This is the new camp 3 position after the normally used camp 3 was considered too dangerous after avalanches in recent years.

The other climbers are just waiting for another weather window to start their attempt at the summit. Some of the climbers from Furtenbach Adventures have moved over from Broad Peak, after some of them successfully made the summit. They would have already acclimatized and would be hoping for a summit push at roughly the same time as other climbers on K2. At the moment they are recovering in base camp.

Fears camp 3 and ropes lost on Abruzzi

July 15, 2017

Mingma G has said that a huge avalanche swept down the Abruzzi Ridge today in the morning. Other climbers were also witness from base camp. It was so big that they fear that the ropes higher up and camp 3 could be lost.

They had gone near camp 4 on their last trip up. But they fear for the ropes and gear that was left there too. Tomorrow a Sherpa team will go up to assess the damage.

At the moment the weather is not good with snow every evening and high winds forecast for the summit. So the climbers are waiting for another weather window. But first they will need to see what damage has been done.

 

Ropes fixed up to camp 2 on Abruzzi Ridge

July 6, 2017

Mingma G has reported that ropes have been attached all the way to C2 on the Abruzzi Ridge. He said that they have plans to fix the route to camp 4 as soon as they have a chance. They are just waiting for a weather window.

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