Upfront, there is no 100% confirmed news about: John Snorri, Ali Sadpara, and Juan Pablo (JP) Mohr Prieto. JP was climbing without supplemental oxygen. There is no conformation if they summited, their current status or plans. I’ll update when I have 100% confident news.
They left Camp 3 for their summit push almost 30 hours earlier. They were last seen over 15 hours ago. It’s 3 am Saturday morning, February 6, 2021. The first rays of dawn will hit the shoulder in about three hours. Note that none of the GPS trackers seem to be working anymore. I assume their batteries have run out, perhaps also for their headlamps and even radios. Computer generated weather forecast have the summit temps at -42F/-41C with a wind chill at -80F/-62C.
John’s wife gave this update around midnight K2 time, Friday, February 5, 2021:
At this moment we haven’t heard from the team since Sajid descended from bottleneck where the team was located 10.00 PKT this morning. John and Ali are extremely strong climbers so we are hopeful that they will show up in C3 soon.
I just got in contact with Sajid at C3. He went out to check if there is any trace of them. He hasn’t saw any lights or any movement. He has food, sleeping bag and he is holding tight. We’ll publish the news as soon as he informs us.
There is no direct line of sight from C3 to the Bottleneck where Sajid last saw them. He returned to C3 after his oxygen regulator failed.
There is no news of a rescue party being sent up. The winds are expected to build over the next few hours, and many of the Sherpas who went on the summit push reported frostbite.
These climbers are all now reported back at Base Camp:
- Tamara Lunger
- Noel Hanna
- Bernhard Lippert
- Tomasz Rotar
- Colin O’Brady
- Antonios Sykaris
- Bernhard Lippert
- Tomasz Rota
- Atanas Georgiev Skatov (deceased below Camp 3. Body recovered and flown back to Skardu)
Seven Summits Trekking Sherpas
- Lhakpa Temba Sherpa
- Mingma Temba Sherpa
- Lakpa Dendi Sherpa
- Phurbu Kusang Sherpa
- Lakpa Nurbu Sherpa
- Pasang Dukpa Sherpa
- Pastemba Sherpa
- Temba Bhote Sherpa
And these climbers are still on the mountain:
- Antonios Sykaris, should descend Saturday K2 time
Last position at Camp 3:
- Sajid Ali Sadpara
- John Snorri Sigurjonsson
- Muhammad Ali Sadpara
- Juan Pablo (JP) Mohr Prieto
Climbers have been known to bivy in harsh conditions waiting for the sun to show the way and warm their bodies. The human body and spirit are amazingly strong and resilient. Let’s keep the candles burning in hopes they meet Sajid at Camp 3 soon.
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- Known GPS Trackers:
- The traditional K2 Camp locations are:
- Base Camp: 17,500ft/5334m
- Advanced Base Camp: 18,650ft/5650m
- Camp 1: 19,965’/6050m
- Camp 2: 22,110’/6700m
- Camp 3: 23,760’/7200m
- Camp 4: 25,080’/7600m
- Summit: 28,251”/8611