Updated: Is John Snorri Descending?

K2 Winter 8000ers

Winter K2 may have thwarted another summit attempt, this time by the three most advanced climbers on the mountain — John Snorri and Ali and Sajid Sadpara. However, the trackers’ information is often contradictory, showing spurts up, down, and sideways.

John Snorri’s device indicated that he reached a high of 8,073m at 4:44 pm local time.

Ten minutes later, he had descended to 7,849m and 40 minutes later, he was down to 7,739m. However, about two hours later, he is up to 7,823m again, so his progress, up or down, remains in question.

Pasang Norbu Sherpa, who is trying for a speed record up K2 from Base Camp to summit within a day, has plateaued around 7,300m for some time.

Will anyone summit K2 this time?

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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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Cale Underwood
Cale Underwood
1 month ago

If anything, this demonstrates how incredible the Nepalese teams accomplishment is especially if no one from such a large winter group is able to summit. I pray everyone stays safe whether they are descending or ascending.

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Khizer
Khizer
1 month ago
Reply to  Cale Underwood

Yeah, and the fact that 9 out of the 10 Nepalese were jacked up on O2 climbing up a trail that was already broken and fixed by multiple teams had nothing to do with it.

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jonesnori
jonesnori
1 month ago
Reply to  Khizer

They did quite a lot of the rope-fixing and trail-breaking themselves. All of it above Camp 3, I believe, and some below. And most 8000m climbers use O2. “Jacked up”? Really?

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Khizer
Khizer
1 month ago
Reply to  jonesnori

Please don’t pass comments on the usage of O2 when you clearly are unaware of the ethics involved. You think Urubko, Bielecki, Sadpara, Txikon, and the likes could not have just as easily switched to O2 and summitted?

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Uttam
Uttam
1 month ago
Reply to  Khizer

Khizer, what do you mean by your second sentence? are you saying those climbers (Urubko, Sadpra, Txikon etc) carried O2, only to NOT use it to summit K2? Then why carry O2 in the first place (what are they trying to prove?), just to be unnecessarily bogged down by the weight of the 02 cylinder and reduce their odds of successful ascent? If they had O2, they shoulda used it to summit K2 (especially if they were close to the summit) rather than come down defeated by the mountain. I gather that by “the ethics involved” you mean it is… Read more »

Vitaha
Vitaha
1 month ago
Reply to  Khizer

If thing wore that easy, they wouldn’t be the first ones to climb it. It also means with no Sherpa’s most climbers wouldn’t accomplished what they did.

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Khizer
Khizer
1 month ago
Reply to  Vitaha

Nonsense. No one did it because all those who attempted before the Nepalese had the decency to attempt it without O2. Also Nangaparbat, G I, G II, and Broad Peak saw their first winter ascents without sherpas and without O2. Please don’t overinflate the narrative. Its also sherpas who’ve sent a bunch of tourists up the mountain completely unprepared right now only to jeopardize the others’ attempts.

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Sid
Sid
1 month ago
Reply to  Khizer

All FIRST winter ascents on the 8000ers didn’t use Sherpas, except K2 of course. And O2 was used only on Everest.

Considering that all previous attempts on K2 barely crossed 7000m, except Urubko,if the Snorri-Sadpara team actually got above 8000m without O2, that is pretty cool.

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Bob L.
1 month ago
Reply to  Khizer

So when you go do it, do it solo and without O2. Doesn’t take away from what they did.

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Bob L.
1 month ago
Reply to  Khizer

Who was ahead of them to break the trail? And they were the ones that fixed the ropes to start with.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
1 month ago
Reply to  Cale Underwood

I would say they were team of 10 people who co-ordinated in phases from fixing ropes and breaking trail to get to the top. It not only took care of the shorter weather window that they had to follow to reach the summit but also provided some rest to other members. SST team members came very unprepared for the summit and have actually slowed down other serious climbers. There were 3 people who stayed in John Snorri’s tent (I don’t know if they were SST) and jeopardized their couple of hours nap time before the final push. Some members were… Read more »

Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
1 month ago

Jerry, he descended 224m in just 10 mins. Is it possible to get that down in just 10 mins? I just hope he’s safe.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
1 month ago

Thank you for always bringing the latest updates.

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Paul
Paul
1 month ago

The readings from John Snorri tracker are very inaccurate, probably the GPS is affected by altitude. The reading of 8000m attitude was positioned on map where is 7600m, does it mean he was 400 above the ground?

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Louis-Philippe Loncke
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

If the GPS location seems correct, then indeed the altitude is wrong and the 8000m eight is correct. I would trust more the GPS location than the measured altitude.

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Khizer
Khizer
1 month ago

The Tracker has started going back up again. It’s above 7823 meters now. Guessing its the altitude messing with the tracking.

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Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Dawa Sherpa reported at 7:30am PKT:
Everyone from SST team is back to Camp 3, all are safe and fine. Nobody made it to the summit, in few hours they will start destent to Base Camp.

John Snorri, Muhammad Ali Sadpara and Sajid Ali Sadpara still above Camp 3 at around 7900m.
(But he didn’t say if he goes up or down)

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Liggma Bauls
Liggma Bauls
22 days ago

Why isnt juan pablos name listed? Disrespect

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Phil
Phil
19 days ago

Based on the fact that his battery was low as indicated on the 5:35.00 PM screenshot at 7739 says to me that its very likely this is the reason for the seeming ascent 2 hours later to 7823.

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Anna
3 days ago

I hope that somebody is going up the to fine them.

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Anna
3 days ago

John and Ali spent week climbertising. But in one of the picture of John looks like he got o.Perhaps it was just a mask.

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