Adrian Hayes (sitting first from right side) and the team on the way to Base Camp. "This year our team had four Sherpas, of which I brought 3 myself - not for personal use but to provide some manpower up the mountain but with only another couple from other teams plus 2-3 Pakistani High Altitude Porters (HAPs), it simply wasn't enough." SOURCE
"K2 is steep - from the moment one leaves ABC (Advanced Base Camp) on the Abruzzi Ridge it is full on 60 degrees or more snow or mixed ice/rock slopes, with regular 90 degree rock bands to climb," Adrian Hayes climbing towards C2. SOURCE
Arthur Gilkey Memorial near K2 Base Camp "which is covered with the names of those who have lost their lives on K2 and the other three nearby 8000m peaks - Broad Peak, GI and GII." 10 climbers died in Karakoram, this year. SOURCE
Image shows an avalanche coming down to glacier from the slopes of K2, around 500m away from BC. K2 Summit bid was thwarted on July 25th due to excessive snow and avalanche risk. Marty and Denali Schmidt decided to go forth to C3, were killed when an avalanche swept away the camp. SOURCE
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(By Raheel Adnan and Correne Coetzer, updated Aug 9 13:08 am EDT) The climbing season, Summer 2013, approaches a melodramatic end, leaving behind the memories of several tragic incidents. Presumably one of the most fascinating 8000m peaks, K2, remained unclimbed this year. Around 21 climbers attempted the mountain, including British adventurer and climbing enthusiast, Adrian Hayes, who teamed up with Al Hancock and Lakpa Sherpa. Unfortunately, Kiwi father and son, Marty and Denali Schmidt, were killed when an avalanche swept...