K2: The Clock Ticks Against The Team

K2 Winter 8000ers
Pasang Kaji, who is helping filmmaker Elia Saikaly with a documentary about John Snorri's climb, stands before K2. Photo: Elia Saikaly

John Snorri’s home team in Iceland suggests that the climbers should be in Camp 3 and are resting before setting off for the summit. However, they admit that they don’t have any first-hand news either, and Snorri’s tracker currently locates them at 6,800m, still on the Black Pyramid.

K2 at 7,000m last week, where JP Mohr and Sergi Mingote set their “lower” Camp 3.

Wherever they are, Jacek Teler, the winter Himalayan veteran and ExWeb consultant, believes that the numbers are against them. The team needed 16 hours to cover the 1,600 vertical metres from Base Camp to Camp 2. There are another 1,900 vertical metres to the summit, with several technical features, including the Black Pyramid, the Bottleneck, and the traverse under the Great Serac. All this, at a much higher altitude.

Even if their tracker ran out of power and has stopped sending a signal, and the climbers are already in Camp 3, they will have reached it significantly behind schedule, probably too late to launch a final summit push. According to previous plans, this should have started at 6 pm (8 am Eastern time, 1 pm GMT). But one hour and counting after this deadline, Snorri’s tracker shows no movement.

As the Nepalis did, they could rest in Camp 3 or lower, but the weather does not give them any margin: Rising winds are imminent.

Filmmaker to document the climb

Meanwhile, Canadian filmmaker Elia Saikaly is in Advanced Base Camp, assisted by Pasang Kaji Sherpa. Saikaly traveled to Pakistan at the last minute to make a documentary on Snorri’s expedition. While obviously not ready to summit himself, Saikaly might still have much of his acclimatization from November, when he summited Ama Dablam as a member of Garrett Madison’s team — and shared some stunning pictures on his IG.  Saikaly filmed Snorri and the Sadparas in K2 Base Camp before their push, then he moved up to ABC today.

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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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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
1 month ago

Sadparas and John Snorri reached C3 7400m at 5 PM local. They are resting at C3 currently and will push for summit 9 PM local time. John Snorri’s garmin is stuck at 4:46 PM and shows low battery as well.

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Kraza
Kraza
1 month ago
Reply to  Farukh Ali

They have not reached C3, and Fake twitter account spreading different news. They are at C2 and now not much time left for attempt.

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Peter Arbic
1 month ago

Who did the second ascent of Everest ? ….exactly

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