Ropes “All Set” on Lower K2 — Summit Push Next?

K2 Winter 8000ers
K2 under a bright blue sky earlier today. Photo: Adriana Brownlee

Finally, there’s (great) news from Mingma G: “Today, we fixed the line to the ice section just below Camp 3,” he wrote earlier today. “We three were joined by Nims (Nirmal Purja) and Mingma Tenzi at around 7,000m.”

It seems that both rope-fixing teams are working in tandem. While we don’t know whether Mingma, Purja and their partners are back in Base Camp yet, Seven Summit Treks leader Dawa Sherpa considers that the core rope-fixing work is done on the lower mountain and that the next push could reach up to the very summit.

“All set up done, with pre-acclimatization,” he wrote on Instagram. “On second weather window, [we are] planning to send fixing Sherpa for summit push,” followed, he added, by the strong climbers who have acclimatized.

All other members of the SST team, who arrived in BC yesterday, are enjoying their first day at the foot of K2, under freezing blue skies. Sergi Mingote and Juan Pablo Mohr have carried loads to Advanced Base Camp and returned. Carlos Garranzo, who had some problems with altitude on the first days of the trek in — not surprising, considering that he lives right by the sea — has totally recovered.

Poland’s Magdalena Gorzkowska is also venturing up on her own. “Weather is great and you have to take advantage of it,” she said. Gorzkowska is heading up “as high as possible.” At 3 pm, she was about halfway to Advanced Base Camp, according to her tracker.

Magdalena Gorzkowska didn’t stay long in Base Camp. Photo: Magdalena Gorzkowska

According to some forecasts (Meteoexploration.com and RussianClimb sources), today could mark the end of the long spell of good weather. Winds are expected to pick up significantly tomorrow and continue howling for at least two days.

Meanwhile, one more climber is about to join those in Base Camp who have come not to summit but to acclimatize for future projects — and likely, to share the excitement of this exceptional K2 season: Veteran French climber Marc Batard wants to climb Everest for his 70th birthday in 2022, but he suffered an aneurism last July that set him back several months. He says he’s feeling okay now and plans to trek around Base Camp and possibly venture up to some higher camps.

Before his medical issue, Batard climbed Mont Blanc with Ali Sadpara and had intended to do Annapurna with the strong Pakistani this past fall. Now they’ll meet in a different Base Camp.

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Muhammad Ibrahim
Muhammad Ibrahim
3 months ago

What an eve to welcom the new year.. Wish to be there. You people are really impressive👍 Good luck for Camp 3 and the summit!

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Usman
Usman
3 months ago

Best of luck to team, it’s great opportunity for all climbers to accomplish such a milestone, as we know K2 weather suddenly changes and it will be worse thing for all climbers. Specially all karakoram range weather is much cool then Himalayan range..

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Pcyr
Pcyr
3 months ago

It’s beautifull and inspiring to see extraordinary people reaching the edge of limits of human possibilities on scary and amazing K2.
Best of luck to all.

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Paul
Paul
3 months ago

It is a bit insane talking about summit push when there is no Camp 3 set up. In winter the terrain between Camp 3 and 4 is full of blue ice and with lots of crevasses(reported by previous winter expeditions), it is not as during summer “easy walk on snowy hills”. Just keep in mind that during the last 3 days there were 12 people from 3 teams working on the mountain and they only progress route from Camp 2 to Camp 3 (even not to Camp 3 and route to Camp 2 was fixed on 23/12) so there is… Read more »

Jerry Kobalenko
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Thanks for your very interesting comment. Note that we were simply reporting on Dawa Sherpa’s projections for the next weather window.

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Paul
Paul
3 months ago

Yes, I know that you was “quoting” Dawa Sherpa post, to be honest his post surprise me and shocked a bit, even during next weather window it will be hard to think about going to summit.

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Don Paul
Don Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul

A completely different plan was explained by Colin O’Brady on the Today Show, today. His plan is to go from base camp to summit in one 30-48 hour push. Hopefully he has also made a plan to get back, lol.

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Paul
Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  Don Paul

Good joke! He is a dreamer… and for now he just post stories on IG instead of climbing :DD
Just to mention that two years ago it takes 2 days for Denis Urubko to get somewhere around Camp 4

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Paul Garry
Paul Garry
3 months ago
Reply to  Don Paul

I took O`Brady’s comments to mean his push would be after acclimatization. I doubt he is that reckless.

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Damien François
Damien François
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul Garry

Nims surely is…

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Peter Page
3 months ago

You “P O S” need to get your anger under control and your head out of Nim’s butt and an learn the meaning of an objective discussion

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Клатикур
Клатикур
3 months ago
Reply to  Don Paul

Неговия план ми се струва абсурден!Невъзможен!Да се разходиш по К2 за 30-48 часа в зимни условия….успех.Иначе поклон на всички онези хора,които сега са там…това е несравнимо.

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Dustinl
Dustinl
3 months ago

So much work to be done from camp 4 to the summit.remember they have to dig a way to the summit with at least 4 ft of snow on the slope leading to summit and rft is how deep it is in the summer….winter will even harder.good luck

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Peter Page
3 months ago
Reply to  Dustinl

Yes I suspect the final snow slope will now become the crux of the climb which seems to have been overlooked until you mentioned it

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Damien François
Damien François
3 months ago

Imainge what a glory for NEPAL if Nims and team make it!
Best of luck, TASHI DELEK!

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Peter Page
3 months ago

This is great, it’s 12 years since the circus came to town, and even better it’s winter.The new Ringmaster “Purple Nurple” will add a pinch of drama to what already looks like a show worth watching. We need some deaths on K2 to bring everybody back to earth and as long as Sherpas and Hap’s arent used sacrificially as they were in 2008 I’m all up for this

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Damien François
Damien François
3 months ago
Reply to  Peter Page

So you wish death to Nims? Sorry p o sh!
THIS COMMENT SHOULD BE DELETD! IT’S DISGUTSING!

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Peter Page
3 months ago

If you are that stupid I suggest you read the post again, I don’t wish anyone ill but I foresee innocent victims which is unacceptable in this day and age. If we climbers take risks we not compromise others which will continue to happen until we somehow stop it. Send in the clowns

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Cheryl
Cheryl
3 months ago
Reply to  Peter Page

Yes yes I got ya peter

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Thomas Cameron
Thomas Cameron
3 months ago
Reply to  Peter Page

I read the post again and it’s quite clear what you said, very sad. I wish them all the best and safe passage, there is a lot of talent up there

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Gallia Galileo
Gallia Galileo
2 months ago

go Magda go! We are crossing our fingers for you. Good luck!!!!!

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