K2 Update: 7 Climbers Give Up, Return to Base Camp

K2 Winter 8000ers
Magdalena Gorzkowska: Not this time.

Seven Summit Treks has released the names of seven climbers who decided to return to Base Camp. They are: Mattia Conte, Magdalena Gorzkowska and her photographer Oswaldo Rodrigo Pereira, Jon Kedrowski (Colin O’Brady’s partner), Peter Moerman,  Pechhumbe Sherpa, and Pemba Sherpa. No word was given about the reason for their descent, although O’Brady did say about his partner, “Unless your mind, body, and spirit are all feeling 100 percent, it’s probably not a great idea to attempt a K2 winter climb.” We will continue to update as we hear.

The positions of the climbers who continue their summit attempts are:
Lower Camp 2 (6,570m): Atanas Skatov, Antonios Sykaris, Josette Valloton, Bernhard Lippert, and Sherpas Lakpa Dendi, Phurbu Kusang, Lkpa Nurbu, Pasang Dukpa, and Pastemba.
Higher Camp 2: Tomaz Rotar, Noel Hanna, Colin O’Brady, and Sherpas Pasang, Temba Bhote, Lhakpa Temba, and Ming Temba.

While the two camps are several vertical metres apart, the higher camp lies above House’s Chimney, placing it above the camp at the base of the Chimney where the lower Camp 2 residents plus John Snorri, the Sadparas, Fazal, and two more climbers, perhaps Elia Saikaly and Pasang Kaji Sherpa, are currently located.

Tamara Lunger and JP Mohr are fine in Camp 3, although it’s “pretty cold”, they say.

Weather wizard Karl Gabl of Innsbruck has sent them a new forecast, confirming that Friday is still good for a summit attempt.
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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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Paul
Paul
4 months ago

Angela, the Lower Camp 2 is at 6,570 not at 6,780m (I think it was mistake in the first report from Dawa) so it is below House’s Chimney.
Atanas Skatov is in that camp and his tracker shows 6570m

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Jerry Kobalenko
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4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Thanks for the feedback. Corrected.

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K2 Summit Photographer
K2 Summit Photographer
4 months ago

Sign up for winter K2
Promote yourself
Go to BC
Take selfies
Post motivational quotes on social media
Pretend to make a “summit attempt”
Return to BC claiming “safety” or “not feeling it this time”

This is what mountaineering has now become. An absolute circus.

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jmaf
jmaf
4 months ago

Shameless self promotion is not a new phenomenon in mountaineering. The circus has always been in town, the only difference is now the show is live on the internet instead of print media.

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