The weather around the Karakoram peaks is slowing and even stopping progress this week. Meanwhile some teams are not at Base Camp yet.
Broad Peak Delays
Furtenbach Adventures reports in with big snow stalling progress. They are a bit nervous because they also want to get K2. When this scenario occurs, often teams will abandon BP and get over to K2 for that attempt, but its too early to make that call now. Furtenbach said today 29 June : “Dumping again. Broad Peak basecamp this morning” and a couple of days ago:
After one night in C1 and one night in C2 whole team is back in basecamp due to bad weather and heavy dumping again. Our sherpas did again crazy hard work fixing the route and breaking trail to C3 in deep snow.
heavy snow is now making it impossible to move on the mountain, and with a dangerous amount of fresh snow, narrow visibility is not conducive to climbing.
K2 has ropes near 7,200-meters
As previously reported, Akira Oyabe and his 10 member team from Japan have the route was completed to Camp 2, “… from now on, you will be able to set up a tent setup for C2 7350 M. It’s progressing nicely for a 1-month attack.” They are back at K2 BC holding for weather.
For review, these are some of the teams in the Karakoram this Summer:
- Madison Mountaineering
- Furtenbach Adventures
- Imagine Climb
- Adventure Tours Pakistan
- Karakorum Tours Pakistan (Manzoor Ahmad)
- Karakorum Expeditions (Mirza Ali )
- Nazir Sabir Expeditions
- Seven Sumits Treks
- Summit Climb
Climbers with blogs that appear to be updated include:
- Carlos Garranzo on Broad Peak and K2
- Fredrik Sträng – K2
- Mirza Ali – Pakistani filmmaker/director
- Nathalie Fortin – K2
- Jake Meyer – for his 3rd attempt on K2
- David Roeske for BP and K2.
- Dávid Klein – top Hungarian climber on GI/II
What’s Next in Pakistan?
This heavy snow is becoming more troubling as it is creating serious delays. That said, the largest team are still on the trek including Seven Summits Treks with 39 members, Madison Mountaineering with 11 Sherpas. Along with Furtenbach’s Sherpa support, they can set the route in fairly quickly if it becomes overwhelming for the Japanese team.
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