The Polish K2 team is now in Pakistan and the Everest team in the Khumbu.
It will be weeks before they begin actually climbing either peak. See this post for full background on both expeditions and the history of winter attempts on the highest two mountains on Earth.
I received this update today from the Polish team:
News from Pakistan: The expedition crew arrived in Skardu today by morning, all rested and in excellent moods. Repacking and preparing jeeps and tomorrow they will drive to Askole, from where the caravan will go to K2 Base Camp. Everything according to plan
Most teams try to fly from Islamabad to Skardu but some have to drive the Karakoram Highway – a 48-hour grueling journey with sharp turns and bumps every other minute.
The drive to Askole is on one of the roughest roads around. Pure dirt, blocked by landslides along the way, the teams will cross creaky wooden bridges and across rushing streams. Once to Askole, they begin the 80-mile hike to K2 Base Camp! This is a video I made from my own journey to Askole in 2014.
Drive from Skardu Drive to Askole in 2014 byAlan Arnette
Alex Txikon and Muhammad Ali Sadpara are already in the Khumbu. They had reported they will acclimatize on Pumori Peak which is located immediately next to Everest Base Camp. This 7,161 m (23,494 ft) mountain is extremely avalanche prone and rarely climbed these days.
As you can see from his GPS tracker, and he posted on Twitter, they were at Pheriche at 4371 meters.
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Hi Alan- Is there a live climber blog for the K2 team? Would love to track! Thanks!
Sure, click on the links I have in the post to take you there.
Great Coverage..Thank You, Alan…Happy New Year 2018 to You n Family…
Thank you so much for your dedication to putting us on the mountains.
Interested in your thoughts on Netflix recent release of “The Climb.” With GoPro showing us close up “non staged” footage of what climbers really deal with, could it be that YouTube will eventually replace the high budget films at the IMAX. For me ‘The Climb” provides a enjoyable story from a very different perspective.
I haven’t seen this version LaVay but skimming the trailer and IMDB info, while impressive that he summited with zero experience, he was lucky and serves as a bad example that others have followed. Everet has an epidemic of inexperienced climbers with unqualified guides but the world has become accustomed to these deaths …
Happy New Year from the UK. Just wondered what your thoughts are on Nepal banning solo climbs on Mount Everest?
Happy New Year James! I wrote a blog on this a few weeks ago when it was a proposal and updated it today https://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2017/12/06/nepal-to-ban-everest-climbers-with-disabilities/
Thank you for all your posts this year. May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year, good luck with the continued leg recovery.
With my best regards,
Tim Kehoe U.K.
Thanks Tim! Happy New Year