Fall 2014: Arrivals at BCs and Acclimatization Continue
Climbers on Manaslu are getting ready for summit push by next week. Cho Oyu and Shishapangma teams have reached C1. Makalu and Dhaulagiri climbers are still trekking towards BCs, whereas Koreans have kicked off the climb on Lhotse.
Fall 2014: Teams Roll On to Base Camps
Mountaineering teams are reaching the big mountains, as monsoon rains recede. Several expeditions have just established the Base Camps, and are about to kick off their climbs.
K2 Summit bid - Time for the Ultimate Push
Weather is holding, snow conditions are good, forecast is promising and majority of climbers reached C4 (7800m), this afternoon. After resting and eating/drinking for a few hours, it’s the time to go for the summit of K2.
The Big One - Summit Attempt on K2
Currently, as majority of climbers are negotiating Black Pyramid on their way to C3 (7400m), July 26th appears to be the big summit day.
Towards Summit on Broad Peak, K2 and GII
Teams are now gearing up for the summit attempts. Some of Broad Peak climbers have already left the BC, with summits expected from July 23rd onwards. On K2, it appears that July 26th and 27th will be the summit push days. GII Team is planning to reach the top on 24th.
All Set for Summit Push on K2 and Broad Peak
The acclimatization chapter of majority of expeditions concludes here as they get settled in Base Camps to rest and recover. Multiple summit bids are expected during good weather patch starting from July 20th.
C2 on K2 and Broad Peak
Teams on K2 and Broad Peak are making good progress. C2 have been established on both peaks and mountaineers continue their acclimatization
K2 Base Camp, Broad Peak C1 and Political Unrest
Amidst the fragile political and security situation in Pakistan, the summer climbers continue their northward journey. Few teams have reached the BCs and are working on the mountains now. Others are currently in Skardu and a few are in Islamabad.
Summarizing the Spring 2014
It’s the season that will primarily be remembered for the catastrophic avalanche on Everest, Sherpa strike, the bureaucratic failure to handle the proceedings after the accident and the cancellation of all South side .
About Polish climbing and a Missing Medal: 'Zakopane' Review
Mountaineers use digging picks to climb and "Zakopane" in Polish translates to something buried in the ground; a fitting name for a village of climbers and a documentary uncovering their past. Here goes a review of the latest film by the renowned Polish director Jerzy Porebski.