Two teams now at K2 Base Camp, Seven Summits Treks and John Snorri. Huge winds have begun keeping everyone tent bound. Will be miserable. Another member leaves. So how are they staying warm when climbing?
As the exuberance winds down for the first-ever winter summit of K2, there are still scores of climbers hoping to join the parade. While there will never be another first, or even tenth, they will have a mark on their summit card that few will ever hold and I wish them a safe climb.
All the K2 summits climbers have safely returned to Base Camp. The winds will be harsh this week so expect the 40+ remaining climbers to take shelter. Meanwhile, Alex Goldfarb is missing on nearby Broad Peak. A search is underway. Sergi’s body flown back to Skardu.
NO UPDATES from the team as of this time. I’m in continuous contact with their teams. I’m told all ten climbers will collect 30 feet below the summit and top out together. The weather remains good but the winds are forecasted to pick up significantly later Saturday night into Sunday.