K2: Gavan Ends Quest

K2 Winter 8000ers
Tamara Lunger and Alex Gavan. Photo: Tamara Lunger

Alex Gavan, “humbly listening to the signs” and heartbroken over the death of Sergi Mingote, has ended his attempt to climb K2 in winter without supplementary oxygen.

No word yet from partner Tamara Lunger.

More to come.

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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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regular reader
regular reader
5 months ago

I remember all the articles about Alex Gavan spending his own funds, time, and resources to search for his friends Alberto Zerain, and Mariano Galvan, on Nanga Parbat, after they went missing June 24, 2017.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
5 months ago
Reply to  regular reader

Not just that. He actively takes part in cleaning the trash from the basecamps and trek which doesn’t belong to him. I remember in his last trek to Baltoro Glacier, he picked up a lot of trash which was not his. He’s a true mountain lover.

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Zack Mitchell
Zack Mitchell
5 months ago

I do think that your headline is a little harsh given the death of a close friend and team member.

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Jambo
Jambo
5 months ago
Reply to  Zack Mitchell

Agreed. Jerry – perhaps you might consider a less emotive/loaded term than ‘quits’ given the circumstances?

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
4 months ago

Tamara is continuing. She updated it on her Instagram.

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