The Expedition Begins

The K2 2016 expedition begins!

The climbing team has assembled in Skardu and final supplies are being purchased before departing tomorrow for Askole.

K2 International Climbing Team - 2016

K2 International Climbing Team – 2016

The climbing team includes 5 climbing team members, expedition leader Garrett Madison, 3 guides, 5 Nepalese Sherpas, a trekker, an expedition photographer, and a chef.  In addition, the team will rely on about 20 Pakistani high altitude porters and over 100 trekking porters.

Garrett Madison purchasing medical supplies.

Garrett Madison purchasing medical supplies.

 

Garrett and the team chef buying fruit at a local store in Skardu

Garrett and the team chef buying fruit at a local store in Skardu

 

Measuring and weighing rope in Skardu

Measuring and weighing rope in Skardu

The team will have over 5,000 meters (over 15,000 feet) of climbing rope to haul up and fix on K2 to reach the summit.

The team has received the last of their bags and received military clearance to begin the 6 – 8 hour journey by jeep to Askole in the morning.

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