Breaking: Colin O’Brady Turns Back on K2

K2 Winter 8000ers
Colin O'Brady. Photo: Yahoo News

American adventurer Colin O’Brady put in it a good effort but he has given up on winter K2. O’Brady made good time between Camp 2 and Camp 3 today, even after his partner, Jon Kedrowski, returned to Base Camp.

But as we reported earlier, Camp 3 featured more climbers than tents, which has meant that climbers who want to summit must accept putting in another marathon day on zero sleep. O’Brady’s wife suggested on social media that more than a dozen climbers and Sherpas were trying to cram into just two tents, which made it difficult to rest, eat, and rehydrate.

It seems that this situation at Camp 3, and an intuition that “something doesn’t feel right,” led to O’Brady’s decision.

O’Brady has remained in Camp 3 for the night with Ming Temba, who also ended his summit attempt because of a ripped glove. The pair will descend back to Base Camp tomorrow.

Now only Nirmal Purja — who like O’Brady, markets his projects as bringing off the impossible — can lay claim to a perfect record. The talented Nepali summited the mountain three weeks earlier.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
4 months ago

It look like the SST group climbers went up unprepared. My concern is about the John Snorri team who couldn’t get much sleep and is on way to summit.

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Colin O'Who?
Colin O'Who?
4 months ago

So much hype and no action. Typical of wanna-be mountaineers.

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Jimbo Jumbo
Jimbo Jumbo
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin O'Who?

How high on K2 have you reached? Respect to anyone that dares climb such a dangerous mountain. Can your disrespectful tone

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Colin O'Who?
Colin O'Who?
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimbo Jumbo

You didn’t finish your sentence.

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Jiva
Jiva
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin O'Who?

All haters know how to do is HATE.

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Russell Devaney
Russell Devaney
4 months ago

O’Brady was not acclimatized and was never going to summit, yet thought it was a good idea to go to the overcrowded camp 3 with his photographer. Did this have an effect on Snorri’s disapearance? He’ll have to think about that.

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