K2: Sadparas, Snorri on the Move

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Pakistan’s Ali and Sajid Sadpara, and Icelander John Snorri have left Base Camp and are on the move up K2. They plan to climb through the night and reach Camp 3 by midday tomorrow. After a few hours’ rest, they will continue toward the summit. All going well, they’ll reach it Monday morning.

Meanwhile, no word from Simone Moro after he returned to Manaslu Base Camp from Samagon yesterday. Despite winds of 90kph, Moro had planned to climb today, but Alex Txikon dissuaded him. The team spent the day at Base Camp.

There is also no news from the four Pakistani climbers trying to recover the body of Alex Goldfarb on Pastori Peak.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
4 months ago

The four Pakistani climbers are currently at Broad Peak Base Camp. They plan to go to Pastori Base Camp tomorrow. The body of Alex Goldfarb will be recovered tomorrow if the weather permits and if not then they will do it on Monday.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
4 months ago

I wish a safe summit/descent to Sadparas and John Snorri. Winds are gonna pick up from Sunday night and on Monday it’ll be 40-45 km/h at the summit. They are just the group of 3 in comparison to 10 sherpas group, so there is definitely that disadvantage. It means each person have to put 3 times the effort (in terms of fixing lines C3 to traverse under the serac) to reach the summit.

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Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
4 months ago
Reply to  Farukh Ali

Weren’t the lines already fixed by the Nepali group during their historic ascent?

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Don Paul
Don Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Farukh Ali

The trail should still be broken though. Maybe not, with the high wind all the time. I had assumed that the Nepalis had left their ropes up there, which would be a lot faster for them on the way down and less weight. I am not sure but thought that the Nepali team had left from C2 or C3 for their summit push. Snorri and the Sadparas are going from BC to the summit in one push with a few hours rest at C2. It seems harder, what they are doing, I’m not sure. It is another weather window just… Read more »

Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
4 months ago
Reply to  Don Paul

@jonessnori – I’m not sure if they are gonna be using those lines because this group has fixed their own lines from the start and so far till C3. Although, they haven’t acclimatized there and it was just Sajid Sadpara (the son) who went up to C3 to drop the stuff while other two members rested in C2. They put the lines to C1 even before Sherpas arrived to the basecamp in mid-december. @Don Paul – One group of Sherpas stayed in C3 while other in C4. The one who was on C4, already fixed lines from C3-C4 and that… Read more »

Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
4 months ago
Reply to  Farukh Ali

I know Snorri and the Sadparas fixed the lines to Camp 1, but I hadn’t heard that they fixed any above Camp 1. It seemed quite a cooperative effort over all.

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