"As of this Tuesday evening, over two and a half feet of snow had fallen on Camp 2 and we could still hear it pelting the climber's tent when we last spoke to them by radio a few minutes ago. The continuing weather and avalanche conditions will dictate their next movements but it is likely they will await a safe opening and descend making the five hour trip back to base camp tomorrow morning (Wednesday)." Image of Chris descending on a blizzard some days ago courtesy of Shared Summits (cl..
K2 update: Summit push thwarted by bad weather

Posted: Jun 26, 2007 04:04 pm EDT
(K2Climb.net) Chris Warner & team's summit bid on K2 will have to wait. "We received further news this evening that high winds are predicted to move in on Thursday, lasting for several days," Shared Summits BC manager just reported from K2.

"As of this Tuesday evening, over two and a half feet of snow had fallen on Camp 2 and we could still hear it pelting the climber's tent when we last spoke to them by radio a few minutes ago. The continuing weather and avalanche conditions will dictate their next movements but it is likely they will await a safe opening and descend making the five hour trip back to base camp tomorrow morning (Wednesday)."

Chris, Don and Bruce had switched route again last weekend - moving to the Abruzzi Spur. Already acclimatized, they agreed to attempt the summit this week, climbing one day behind the members of a Korean expedition, who had been fixing the route. Shared Summit's climbers spent last night in C2, hoping to reach C3 today, C4 tomorrow, and the summit on Thursday. News is yet expected from the Korean team.

Americans Chris Warner and Don Bowie are returning to Broad Peak and K2 this summer after a previous attempt in 2005. The expedition was gunning for a new route on K2s east spur but changed track last week for a new line to the left of the Abruzzi Spur.

Chris Warner, owner of Earth Treks, is on his third attempt to complete the Broad Peak+K2 double header. First was in 2002, and second in 2005. Chris has summited Everest, Lhotse, Shisha Pangma, Cho Oyu, and opened new routes on Shivling and Ama Dablam.

After helping injured climber Artur Hajzer on Broad Peak, Don Bowie teamed up with Arturs team leader Piotr Pustelnik on Cho Oyu and Annapurna in 2006.

Also in the team for K2 and Broad Peak are Pasquale (PV) Scaturro, Bruce Normand, and BC manager Joel Shalowitz.

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