K2 Summit Push: Three Try A Surprise New Route

K2. Photo: Sophie Lenaerts

Taking advantage of good weather, most summit teams have gone up to Camp 1 and Camp 2 on the Abruzzi Spur route. But Karakorum Expeditions has announced that their IFMGA guides Jordi Tosas and Stephan Keck, plus Rick Allen, are attempting a new line on the Southeast Face. More details soon.

Jordi Tosas.

On the Abruzzi, Sajid Sadpara and company are bound for Camp 2, along with the two Pioneer Adventure groups. Madison Mountaineering and Samina Baig are in Camp 1, as well as the all-Pakistani team from Hushe.

Neils Jespers is also at Camp 2, but Jeff Spelmans and Oswald Rodrigo Pereira have decided not to attempt the summit climb.

Mirza Ali has mentioned that the high winds and snow of recent days have destroyed tents in Camps 1, 2, and 3. Those at the first two camps have been rebuilt or replaced.

On Broad Peak, Fotis Theorachis, the British “Cumbria to K2” team, Belgians Luc Beirinckx and Wouter Noterman, among others, are on the move. They aim to reach the top at the beginning of this week.

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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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Sarbland
Sarbland
1 month ago

Shehroze Kashif AKA Broad Boy is also attempting K2. Yesterday evening he reached at C2. He’s youngest to summit Broad Peak, and youngest Pakistani to summit Everest.
His page : https://www.facebook.com/TheBroadBoy

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago

So the tents in C3 are destroyed, there is a wide and deep crevasse between C3 and C4 that blocks the way, as Elia Saikaly reports, there are tons of rather fresh, up to waist-deep snow up there, there are no ropes going up from C4, and there will be far too little space (and too few tents?) in C3 and C4 to accommodate all climbers. In light of all this, it might not be wise to try to summit K2 now, and several accomplished climbers have already come to the same conclusion.

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S R
S R
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

This sounds eerily familiar. A deja vu of last winter?

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F v
F v
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

The place of C3, and especially C4 on the shoulder can hold hundreds of climbers. Problem is hauling the tents. On k2 summit push the rope fixers always go from C4 to summit on the same day as the clients, a few ours ahead. Last but not least k2 has a lot no summit years, also in recent history.

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Climber
Climber
1 month ago

Rick allen died in camp 1 due avalanche…

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