(By Raheel Adnan) Despite challenging conditions, a small weather window this week inspired majority of climbers to go for summit. GI team reached the top a while ago. GII and Broad Peak summit-bids are underway without any significant delay, so far. However, there has been a major setback on K2 and summit-push parties are back in Base Camp.
Gasherbrum I - SUMMITs
Members of international expedition summited GI today. The conditions were hard due to excessive snow. However, weather has been amazing throughout the day. They left for GI top, last night. After 12 hours of climbing, they were only 150m lower than the summit. “They are 150 meters from the summit after 12 hours of progress. Great weather, amazing views. They make a little water before the final assault!!!!” posted Yannick’s home team, this afternoon.
Ferran Latorre, Yannick Graziani, Tom Seidensticker and Muhammad Sadik were the only climbers on the mountain, as everyone else decided to abandon the climb due to bad snow conditions. The four climbers ascended from C2 to C3, yesterday.
Gasherbrum II - Deep Snow
Several climbers were on the way to GII summit, today. However, as of now, we have heard from Polish Ski team only. “After 12 hours of climbing in deep snow, Olek and Peter were forced to abort the summit push at an altitude of about 7600m above sea level. They are skiing down to lower camps!”
Update from Chilean team, Polish duo - Michal Ruszkowski and Michal Stachowiak and other climbers is awaited.
Update: Chilean team just sent a short message at 1700hrs local time saying, "Summit". Wish them a safe descent.
K2 Summit-bid Thwarted
A group of six climbers from Swiss and Spanish teams were on a three day summit push, but difficult snow conditions forced them to retreat to BC, this morning. As majority of commercial teams decided not to go up during this short weather window, the independent climbers went up to C3 via SE Ridge on July 23rd. Their plan was to ascend to C4 on 24th and reach the summit on 25th. While details of climb from Mike Horn and fellows are still awaited, it is confirmed that all climbers have safely reached Base Camp. David Tait says that Mike Horn has decided to end his expedition, "Danger of avalanche, rockfall, depth of snow, and forthcoming bad weather all mentioned in explanation. Sad day."
A second summit push started this morning, only to end at ABC. Seven Summit Treks team found that their gear at ABC have been buried by a big avalanche. “Left for summit attempt this morning. Big avalanche buried all our gear depot at ABC. 18 people digging for 2h without finding anything. Camp 1 might be lost too where we have clothes and food… Expedition probably over… Still digging.” Philippe Gatta updated on Facebook this morning. ABC is an avalanche-prone mid-camp deposit and climbers don’t usually stay there. Unlike summit-push party, Seven Summits Team was climbing SSE Ridge.
Broad Peak Summit-push tonight
Majority of Broad Peak climbers are currently in C3 and will be leaving for summit, tonight. The teams in C3 include Spaniards Juanito Oiarzabal and Alberto Zerain, four members of Oscar Cadiach’s team, Ivan Vallejo’s team, Tunc Findik and Summit Climb team, Al Hancock and Polish climbers Andrzej Bargiel and Dariusz Zaluski.
Based in Pakistan, mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for Explorersweb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at Altitude Pakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.
Summer 2015 Coverage:
Heads-up: Summit pushes all around
GI and GII Summit-Bids, K2 & Broad Peak Teams Mourn the Loss
Broad Peak Avalanche - 01 Presumed Dead, Multiple Injuries
Samina Baig on K2: It's over
Gasherbrum II Summits and More summit-pushes, Gasherbrum I
K2 Teams Continue the Acclimatization
Final Round of Acclimatization on Broad Peak
First Summit Bids of the Season on GII and GI
K2 Evac by Pakistan Military
Progress on K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrums as Good Weather Holds
Gasherbrum Teams Start Acclimatization; Difficult Conditions
Broad Peak Climbers Marching in towards BC
K2 2015: Couple of Teams Reach Base Camp, Others still on the Way to Mountain
Summer 2015 Teams Locations Update
The Journey towards Mountain BCs Begins; Climbers Arriving
Summer 2015: Climbing Action in Karakoram Begins Soon
Gasherbrum I SW Face New Route: Czech Attempt 3
Swiss K2 2015: From Swtizerland to Skardu in Mercedes-Benz
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