2018/19 Winter Climbs: Search Draws Down for Nanga Climbers, K2 Team at C3

Another disappointing day on Nanage Parbat. The Russian lead K2 team made good progress and are hopeful they can summit soon.

Search Draws Down on Nanaga

Several sites are reporting that the search has officially ended for Nanga Parbat climbers Tom Ballard and Daniel Nardi. But the official page acknowledges today’s search on the Kinshofer route, which is to the climbers left of the Mummery Spur, yielded no positive results but the search continues.

It appears the families have asked for another, perhaps last, search Thursday in an area of the spur that is sheltered from avalanches. K2 climbers Alex Txikon and team were scheduled to be picked up today but the helicopters were needed elsewhere so they are scheduled to pick them up tomorrow, March 7, 2019, perform a fly over where the families have requested and then, reportedly, return to K2.

The two have now been missing for 10 days.

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K2 Progress

K2 Camps

K2: Kazakhstan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan Team – C3 established

Part of the Kazakhstan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan team have established Camp 3 at 7,400-meters/24,280-feet. The weather forecast seems favorable, if it’s to be believed, for a complete attempt to summit on this push. The real test will began once they leave Camp 4 and make the club through the Bottleneck and across the Traverse.

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K2: Spanish/Galician Team –  Sherpas at C2 on K2

Four members of the K2 team lead by Alex Txikon’s , Alex Txikon, Felix Criado, Ignacio de Zuloaga and Dr. josep Sanchis, were helping with the search on Nanga but as mentioned earlier, I assume, will return to K2 for their attempt. However, a lot of energy has been used and the Sherpas who remained on K2 climbed to C1 but were stopped by high winds yesterday and there was no update on their position today. They were stocking camps for a summit bid.

Txikon believes winter ends on March 20, so in his mind there is still time for a winter summit. You can follow their movements on Alex’s GPS tracker, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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2 thoughts on “2018/19 Winter Climbs: Search Draws Down for Nanga Climbers, K2 Team at C3

  1. Tragic. It’s incredible how people just vanish without a trace on a huge mountain. I so admire these brave and talented climbers and I feel for their friends and families when they are lost.

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