Final Summit Bid

Hello,

 

Apologies for the lack of information lately but the team was sitting quietly at BC until the weather settled enough for them to decide upon a summit window. The weather is looking nice enough for the team to attempt another bid now. The team arrived at C1 this morning on their way to the top of K2. Unfortunately, after a 10 hour trek from BC to C1, they got unfortunate news: another team of sherpas and climbers were supposed to leave C1 today but stayed due to poor weather. As previously noted,  C1 is very small and only has room for 5 to 6 tents so both groups of trekkers are sleeping 3-5 people per tent. Other than crammed for the night, the team will not be affected by this. Below are some photos from K2 BC. From today on, until MM and Stuart have returned safely back to BC, there will be daily updates.

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In one day or so our international expedition of four climbers, two guides and six Sherpas will be leaving on our third and final climbing rotation, our summit rotation of K2. We expect the summit rotation to take six days to summit and return to K2 Base Camp. Stuart and his Sherpa climbed up onto the K2 glacier to the base of K2 to ponder their upcoming summit bid and contemplate safe passage on the mountain.

 

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K2 in the middle, with Angle Peak to the left and Broad Peak to the right in black and white.

 

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K2 in the middle, with Angle Peak to the left and Broad Peak to the right in color.

 

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K2 glacier and K2 in the middle, with Angle Peak to the left and Broad Peak to the right.

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Life is a balance. Stuart, a rock and K2.

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Broad Peak, the Godwin Austin Glacier and K2 Base Camp from partway up K2 Glacier.

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Water. It’s what life requires. This water has just melted from the glacier of K2, the second highest mountain in the world and the highest mountain in this Karakoram region of Pakistan and China. This water has not been touched by any humans. It’s fresh, cold and pure. Snow, ice and water very slowly form the environment, piece by piece and drop by drop.

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We had fresh snow which has triggered a lot of new avalanches. Spot the avalanche in this photo on the peak before K2.

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At K2 Base Camp, we’ve had snow, fog and rain for over a week now since July 13, 2016. This is our first nice day of weather and we are experiencing a lot of avalanches. This avalanche coming high off K2 from the bottleneck at over 27,000 ft has some serious propulsion and just misses the top of K2 Base Camp. The debris goes all the way across the valley towards the base of Broad Peak.

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We had fresh snow which has triggered a lot of new avalanches. Spot the avalanche in this photo on the peak before K2.

 

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A view from up on K2 glacier. From the left K2 glacier, K2, Godwin Austin Glacier flows down to Concordia where it joins with the Baltoro glacier, Broad Peak in the middle, K2 Base Camp and the edge of Angel Peak on the right.