K2: Fake News Creates Confusion About Summit Team

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John Snorri, Ali Sadpara and Sajid Sapara. Photos: Elia Sailaki

John Snorri and the Sadparas are safely in their tents at the higher Camp 2, pondering their options as the wind rises. But fake Twitter accounts impersonating both Ali and Sajid Sadpara have popped up on social media claiming that the team has reached Camp 3, which is false. To clear up the confusion, here are the facts, straight from Base Camp:

The climbers reached Camp 2 (6,800m) this afternoon, as shown on John Snorri’s tracker. They were so far behind schedule that their plan to summit tomorrow at 9 am was already unrealistic.

Ali and Sajid have not used O2 so far, Ali’s assistant, Rao Ahmad, told ExplorersWeb. But they have not claimed that they will try to reach the summit that way. “Life comes before glory,” said Ali Sadpara before the expedition started.

Nor is it true (for the moment) that they have turned around and are descending. In fact, Snorri’s tracker — which had been off for a while, perhaps needing a switch of batteries — is on again and locates the climber still at 6,831m.

“Wind is catching up,” Rao Ahmad just tweeted. “The team is waiting out the weather and assessing the situation. They haven’t decided to go down yet!”

Pakistani authorities have denounced the fake accounts impersonating the Sadparas. The Tourist Police of Gilgit-Baltistan is currently trying to inform the media that Muhammad Ali Sadpara’s only actual account is this one.

We’ll update further as real news comes in.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Anna
Anna
1 month ago

Is John snorris if also fake. They say c3. Feel weird because I checked the tracker as well.

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Anna
Anna
1 month ago

Even John snorris if says they are in c3. Feels weird because been following the tracker as well.

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Anna
Anna
1 month ago

Even John snorris if says they are in c3. Feels weird because followed the tracker as well.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
1 month ago

Guess I become the victim of these fake accounts spreading false news. There is one local reporter who is spreading the same fake news. I’m sorry for my earlier comments.

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Abdul Wahid
1 month ago

I wish them good luck . May luck be with them all the time and would able to access their objective

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Naveed
Naveed
1 month ago

Summit attempt is postponed due to harsh weather.
Climbers are descending
Everyone is safe

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Dor
Dor
1 month ago

It looks like Snorri descended from where they were at 6800m to the base of K2 in 3h from his tracker. Is this very fast? I hope it’s the three of them together safe.

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