K2: Complications From Crowds, Bad Ropes

K2 Winter 8000ers

Difficulties are adding up for the climbers, who have recently set off from Camp 3 at 7,300m toward the summit. Although several retreated to Base Camp yesterday, there remain nearly 20 climbers on K2’s upper reaches — too many last night for the tents available. Few climbers were able to sleep a wink before their marathon push to the summit today.

John Snorri, Ali Sadpara, and his son Sajid made good time to Camp 3, for example, but they couldn’t rest “because three other climbers needed shelter in their tent, so there were a total of six people in the small tent,” Snorri’s home team wrote.

In the end, the three set off toward the summit around midnight without any sleep. Snorri’s team also mentioned that the climbers felt “a little sick” on their way to Camp 3 but that they are okay now.

Antonios Sykaris also reported climbers jammed into small tents, with no chance to rest. He also noted that five Sherpas were suffering from frostbite. The Sherpas are not sure if they’ll be able to continue.

To make things worse, Jon Kedrowski (back in Base Camp) says that it is unclear whether the ropes at the Bottleneck and the upper sections will be in a usable state after two weeks of high winds. He added that ropes were totally buried in some sections below Camp 3, so the climbers were forced to advance without them. While everything went fine on the way up, this may cause problems for exhausted climbers during their descent.

Tamara Lunger’s final decision about whether to go up or down remains unclear. Contradictory rumors continue to buzz in social media, but we currently can’t confirm her actual plans before we hear from her home team.

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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
4 months ago

I believe climbers would have anticipated the ropes to be buried in worst-case scenario. They would definitely have plan B to handle such situation.

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Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Farukh Ali

I am really worry that they dont have plan B, if they didn’t think about taking tents up to C3 we could expect everything…

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Paul
Paul
4 months ago

Such an epic fail for SST with this summit push… how they could be so naive that the tents will be intact in Camp 3? Looks like nobody from SST team took tents/sleeping bags up from C2 to C3 :/

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Anna
Anna
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

And 5 sherpas with frostbite :/

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F v
F v
4 months ago

John S almost at the shoulder, normal C4 7800m fingers crossed, hope they are able battle the cold trough the night. Bad organisation of SST, send people up but no tents for all of them. (Lucky for Dawa serveral already turned around, else the problem was even bigger.)

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Naveed
Naveed
4 months ago

Seems like Pasang Norbu is descending

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Shant
Shant
4 months ago

It’s a tough mission not a honeymoon picnic what do you expect?

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