Click for site home
The Blog on alanarnette.com
Climbing the World to End Alzheimer's

K2 2017 Season Coverage: Broad Peak Summits, K2 Push Soon

 Comments Off on K2 2017 Season Coverage: Broad Peak Summits, K2 Push Soon
Jul 272017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: Broad Peak Summits, K2 Push Soon

Broad Peak received more summits this summer of 2017. Climbers on K2 are now positioned at high camp in mixed weather, however they are experiencing deep snow. The next 24 hours will determine summit results and next several days for their safe return to base camp. Broad Peak Summits!! On Broad Peak, Tunç Fındık  posted they summited along with Oscar Cadiach, Yusuf and Ali!. Tunc is referred to as Bronze Nuts 🙂 Bronze Nuts Nuts’s’s’s’s………….. It was at saat:10:40 this morning. Bronze @ 7800 M. And He’s on his way down. Team-Oscar Cadiach, Yusuf, Ali Sadpara. Bronze is 7300 m today. He’s continue reading

Jul 262017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: Climbers At High Camps - Updated

Climbers on both Broad Peak and K2 are now positioned at high camps in the good weather that was forecasted, however they are experiencing deep snow. The next 24 hours will determine summit results and next several days for their safe return to base camp. UPDATE: John Snorri Sigurjónsson via his InReach on K2 posted. This would have them leaving C4 around midnight on 27 July: In C4 snow depth 50 up to 100cm it cost all energy took 12h c3 to c4 summit push start in 14h. thank you all who are following On Broad Peak, Tunç Fındık  has been posting their progress continue reading

Jul 252017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: Pushing the Limits

With fresh snow and high winds, K2 and Broad Peak are challenging climber’s judgement. Teams on K2 are threading a narrow window hoping to summit in the next couple of days. Some climbers feel the risk is too great and have already turned back. Over on Broad Peak a similar story is playing out. K2 Gamble Climbers are all over K2 from base camp to at least Camp 3 on both the Abruzzi and the Česen routes. The large commercial teams of Furtenbach and Himex have turned back saying the risk is too much but the Nepali lead teams, Destination continue reading

Jul 232017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: Climbing! Update 1

After weeks of waiting, climbers are finally moving up on K2 and Broad Peak hoping to summit in mid week; some hope to ski down. Their plans are a bit of a gamble but with time running out they had few choices. From early reports the weather is still a factor. UPDATE Monday 24 July: Reports from climbers and Sherpas say persistently high winds are keeping climbers at C2 on both Abruzzi and Česen routes on K2 summit push. Some are questioning if they can make summit on this window if the winds don’t let up. This is probably the last continue reading

Jul 212017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: Summit Plans

A plan has been hatched to attempt the K2 summit this season. Climbers were beginning to worry if 2017 will be a redux of 2015 and 2016 on K2. The weather seems to have stalled leaving base camp covered in a soupy mix of cloud, rain, hot, and cold. As Russell Brice says, four seasons each day. Gasherbrum Retreat Alberto Iñurrategi, Juan Vallejo and Mikel Zabalza, are reported to have turned back on their latest attempt to traverse from GII to GI. They have experienced deep snow but this time it was high winds. Their sponsor posted: The ridge was continue reading

Jul 192017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: Weather Watch

As Yogi Berra said: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” And with that activity on K2 has come to a complete stop. High winds, rain at base camp and snow up high has teams on hold but not on Gasherbrum I where we saw some summits. K2 The result of Friday’s avalanche on the Abruzzi route on K2 remains unknown. Minga Gyalje Sherpa provided this short update today: K2 is known for bad weather. This year too, K2 is same. She covers herself with cloud in day time and enjoy beautiful stars in night time. Legendary climber and expedition organizer, Russell continue reading

K2 2017 Season Coverage: High Winds Strike Once Again

 Comments Off on K2 2017 Season Coverage: High Winds Strike Once Again
Jul 162017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: High Winds Strike Once Again

Climbing continues on K2 and for a few on Broad Peak but once again the weather, specifically high winds, are slowing progress. K2 The result of Friday’s avalanche on the Abruzzi route on K2 is still a question. Minga Gyalje Sherpa provided this short update today: Avalanche on Abruzzi route on 14July is still unknown. Yesterday our 7 climbers reached camp2 and they were supposed to go camp4 today but it couldn’t happen because of high wind. They are on their way back to Base camp now. So tomorrow I will go myself with 2 other Sherpa to check way to continue reading

K2 2017 Season Coverage: Avalanche on the Abruzzi

 Comments Off on K2 2017 Season Coverage: Avalanche on the Abruzzi
Jul 142017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: Avalanche on the Abruzzi

While this headline is a bit dramatic, it is also quite common on K2. Of first priority, no one was hurt. I had just received a message from British-American climber, Vanessa O’Brien this morning saying that there was a lot of snow on K2 then this came in from her expedition operator,Minga Gyalje Sherpa: Big Avalanche in Abruzzi This morning at 8:12am, we saw big avalanche coming from Abruzzi route. We feel all camp3 is swept away again. I am sure we have all our deposit near camp4 because our sherpa team made it on ice cliff but it is likely continue reading

Jul 132017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: The Rare K2/Broad Peak Double Summit

For some climbers one summit is not enough so they add a second peak on the same trip to claim that all elusive double. Now that there have been summits on Broad Peak this 2017 summer, many climbers will move to K2. This coveted double header is often sought but rarely achieved. The most recent double for Broad Peak and K2 , I can remember, was in 2014 by Bulgarian climber Boyan Petrov. I passed him descending from the summit as he was going up near Camp 2. He was young, strong and confident so I wasn’t surprised to learn continue reading

Jul 112017
 
K2 2017 Season Coverage: Broad Peak Summits!!

In spite of changing weather forecast, Furtenbach Adventures and Kari Kobler put climbers on the summit! On K2, Sherpas got ropes near Camp 4. Broad Peak Summits Lucas Furtenbach posted on their summtis: SUMMIT!!! Glad to report that our team made the first Broad peak summits this year. After a start at 7pm at C3 yesterday they were breaking trail to the saddle in 1 meter deep snow. The sherpas made an unbelievable job and worked really really hard. From the saddle to summit our lead guide Rupert took the lead and fixed the rope to the summit. An other group followed continue reading