Nail-Biting Time: K2 Climbers Head For Summit

8000ers K2 Mountain
Climbers on K2's upper slopes, shot last week. Photo: David Roeske

The rope-fixing team duly set off from Camp 4 (7,800m) toward the summit of K2 (8,611m) just after 10pm local time. It’s going to be a long and anxiety-filled night for friends and family.

Ballinger’s wife told Carlos Garranzo that recent high winds have swept away some of the unconsolidated snow above 8,000m. Today, the weather was excellent on the Cesen route.

If conditions permit, the lead climbers will open the route to the summit tomorrow, and that will be just the beginning. An unknown number of climbers, possibly as high as 30, will follow on July 25. Seven Summit Treks lists nine clients of various nationalities, plus five Sherpas and three Pakistani guides.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that others lower down the mountain are poised to follow, if they deem it safe enough, based on the experiences of the lead groups. Lina Quesada of Spain posted on Twitter that she will leave for Camp 1 tomorrow and try to reach the summit on July 27. Szilárd Suhajda and Dávid Klein of Hungary are currently on their way to Camp 4, which they expect to reach at about 4am local time.

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Sport journalist, published author and communication consultant. Feeling back home at ExplorersWeb after five years exploring distant professional ranges.

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17 Comments on "Nail-Biting Time: K2 Climbers Head For Summit"

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Rowan White
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Hi, your friendly ExWeb admin here.

At ExWeb we concern ourselves with adventure – generally human-powered, noteworthy, and mostly in extreme environments.

Discussions of the advisability of an adventure project from a moral perspective is on topic. However, discussions from a religious perspective are off-topic and will be edited or deleted as appropriate. Please note it is perfectly acceptable to express good wishes or gratitude using religious terminology (i.e. “thank God” etc.) according to your preferences.

Thanks,

Rowan and the ExWeb Team

Pedro
Guest

Agree… Take note Talbot

Will C.
Guest

Many thanks for your coverage and updates. May God watch over these brave souls, and bring them all down safe!

Althea Talbot-Howard
Guest
Brave – or foolhardy? The safest thing to do is trek out, back along the Baltoro Glacier, towards Skardu. At the end of the day, there is no need for this mountain to be climbed over and over again, by different people. Repeating the same task – at considerable personal risk – does little to advance human development and understanding: it just brings pleasure to those who do it – and anxiety to those awaiting them at home. God will not be mocked. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of… Read more »
Pedro
Guest

Judge and be judged… Not for you to judge Talbot.

Althea Talbot-Howard
Guest

Why do you accuse me of judging?

Levelling that accusation against me is in itself a form of judgmentalism.

Do you dispute that climbing K2 is less safe than returning to Skardu – like Garret Madison and his team?

What evidence do you have that God regards mountaineering in the same light that you do?

AwesomeAndy
Guest

If there is a god, he probably doesnt care a whole lot about some tiny humans crawling on a pile of ice and rubble.

Dnewman
Guest

What evidence do you have of god? No point answering, you have none.

Dnewman
Guest

God doesn’t exist, grow up you’re not a child. Good luck to everyone on the mountain, hope you all get home safely.

Althea Talbot-Howard
Guest
@ Will C Firstly, may I second your thanks to Angela and her colleagues at Explorers Web for all of their updates. Your sentiments in your post are very kind, but you have left out some very important things. The first is that the Bible teaches us – in the Book of Proverbs – to be prudent in how we conduct ourselves, and in our decision-making. There is an extent to which we participate in achieving God’s protection by exercising wisdom and considering our actions carefully. The current ascent of K2 has been publicly acknowledged by more than one climber… Read more »
Bulgakov
Guest

All Glory and Power to God. Our “participation” is is loving and accepting Jesus. God is not a climbing partner, he made the mountains. Please preach and proselytize your sanctimonious, elitist, dogmatic, and servile legalistic doctrine elsewhere.
Bless You

Bulgakov
Guest

May God Short rope me to Heaven. Amen

Dnewman
Guest

Seriously, grow up.

Pedro
Guest

Well done Nims and team for climbing K2 first!

Blabla
Guest
Althea whatever, reading your comment I feel like being in a church. First of all, there is no such thing as god. It’s all made up stories by people trying to manipulate other people and in 2019 thank god (if you get the irony) most of the rationally thinking people are well aware. Please go to mother christians against drugs or some othee group like that to spread your religious beliefs. Second of all, every climb of a 8000er is above risky even in perfect snow & weather conditions. And third of all, many congratulations to Nims Dai and SST… Read more »
Vladi
Member

Good luck to Nims and his project possible, he is doing awesome job in Himalaya this year.

Luis Carlos Garranzo Ibañez
Guest

Thank you for mentioning me, but I want to clarify that A. Ballinger did not contact me, he did it with his wife Emily Harrington, who posted it on Instagram. I only transliterate what she tells on social networks. 😉