K2: Concern Grows for Snorri, Sadpara, Mohr

K2 Winter 8000ers
Ali Sadpara, left, and John Snorri.

Ali Sadpara’s home team reports that Sajid Sadpara is in Camp 3, scanning the upper slopes of K2 for the headlamps of John Snorri, Ali Sadpara, and JP Mohr but has seen nothing for hours. It is currently 2 am local time.

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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
9 months ago

Breaks my heart to read this headline. I pray for their safe return to C3. Maybe it’s the cold/wind causing delay in their descent. All three climbers are experienced and capable.

Angela, ropes go till the end of traverse, right? After that the slope to summit is not fixed. Sajid Sadpara climbed till bottleneck. Can he confirm what was condition of rope up there? I believe when he descended back to C3 from bottleneck, he must have had visual check of their last location. Where did he see them last on their way up?

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CINTIA ROBERTA RIBEIRO HOFFMANN
CINTIA ROBERTA RIBEIRO HOFFMANN
9 months ago
Reply to  Farukh Ali

For more information @eliasaikaly

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Ken
Ken
9 months ago

May Allah protect you from all evils and you may succeed in your mission.Ameen.

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Sheikh
Sheikh
9 months ago
Reply to  Ken

What an absolute degenerate.

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Max Madera
Max Madera
9 months ago

I have read that you cannot see the bottleneck from C3. Regardless, the lack of news is a bit worrisome since it is already midnight at K2. Still, if I recall correctly, Nirmal and pals arrived at 11 pm to camp3 after their summit.

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Paul
Paul
9 months ago
Reply to  Max Madera

Yes, you can’t see Shoulder, Bottleneck, Traverse and Summit, from Camp 3 is visible only part of the route to Camp 4.

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Adil
Adil
9 months ago

It’s all over the news here that they have summited. Is it true? They are showing one of sadpara’s son back home who confirms his father has summited.

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Sheikh
Sheikh
9 months ago
Reply to  Adil

Don’t think so. The official twitter and facebook accounts of both Sadpara and Snorri are saying that there hasn’t been any contact.

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Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes
9 months ago
Reply to  Adil

Probably, but it won’t matter if they don’t come down. There’s no news and survival chances are low and decreasing.

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Uttam
Uttam
9 months ago
Reply to  Adil

Sajid said that he thinks they summited K2 in an interview with SkarduTV. The operative word here is “thinks”. That is NOT foolproof confirmation of the trio’s successful summitting of K2. The last he saw of the trio they were going over the Bottleneck (not standing on the summit). Sajid, too, is speculating here. He further said he thinks they met with an accident on their return from the summit (not on their way up to it), which speaks to how much faith he has in his legendary dad and his climbing friends’ abilities and how desperately he wants them… Read more »

Dennis
Dennis
9 months ago

Praying for their safe return. If something happens to them, Chhang Dawa Sherpa should be held responsible. JP Mohr and John Snorri both had their tents at C3 invaded by useless members of SST team, which was the direct result of Chhang’s incompetence as a manager. This prevented JP, John, and Ali getting the much needed rest before the summit push.
To make matters worse, all of those SST members decided to descend right after, so it was all for nothing.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
9 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

Also to add that the team was already exhausted from an earlier summit push which they had to abandon due to bad weather. It’s been more than 24 hours since they left C3 to push for the summit.

Most of the SST climbers stayed in basecamp from the start and didn’t even made to C1 before and were hoping to accomplish K2 in winter without proper acclimatization in higher camps.

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TREFZ DELWYNE
TREFZ DELWYNE
9 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

Even if the situation at camp 3 was exactly as you’ve described, Chhang Dawa Sherpa had absolutely nothing to do with any individual climber’s decision to strap on the crampons and continue climbing.

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Dennis
Dennis
9 months ago
Reply to  TREFZ DELWYNE

That’s some seriously messed up logic. That’s like saying that if climber A pushes climber B down the mountain to his death, its climber B’s fault because it was his decision to strap on the crampons and climb the mountain that day.

It was Cchangs incompetence as an expedition manager that prevented the summit team (who werent part of SST) from getting their rest before the push, period. Maybe they made a bad decision to continue with the ascent after that, but it was Cchang’s fault that they were faced with that decision in the first place.

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Uttam
Uttam
9 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

What a crock of sh&t is this Dennis guy spouting! What argument does he have to call them “useless members of the SST team”? He seems unhinged. Why put the blame for the fate of the three finest world-class mountaineers on the shoulder of a lone Sherpa – Chhang Dawa Sherpa. Is Denis implying the SST members intentionally sabotaged the trio’s ascent of K2 (when SST’s business model is to put their people safely on the summit), what proof does he have? If the trio got out of the tents the following morning and made up their mind to keep… Read more »

Mountain God
Mountain God
9 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

Responsible for what? Despite the bad weather, the climbers were persistent and made personal choice to summit the K2. The problem with western people like you is – you believe that Sherpas will carry you to the top and back. No they won’t; Everest they probably can but K2 is a different beast. Stop blaming others for their own suicidal mission based on personal greed, name and fame.

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Sergioclimbing
Sergioclimbing
9 months ago
Reply to  Mountain God

Agreed with you. All personal decisions period.

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Hugo Torres
9 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

Unfortunately these huge commercial expeditions are really a pain in the ass for the really sport climbers. Is more important for them money than lives. And in addition without a proper organization and leadership all turns to be a huge desaster.

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Uttam
Uttam
9 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

What a crock of sh&t is this Dennis guy spouting! What argument does he have to call them “useless members of the SST team”? He seems unhinged. Why put the blame for the fate of the three finest world-class mountaineers on the shoulder of a lone Sherpa – Chhang Dawa Sherpa. Is Denis implying the SST members intentionally sabotaged the trio’s ascent of K2, what proof does he have? If the trio got out of the tents the following morning and made up their mind to keep climbing up to the summit after assessing their situations (including how much sleep/rest… Read more »

Nunya
Nunya
9 months ago

What happens if they don’t show up?

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Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes
9 months ago
Reply to  Nunya

They’ll be considered dead. Nooone’s going up to look for them, especially with the weather window closing. Perhaps their corpses will be spotted or found sooner or later, maybe not. But it’s possible they found a way to bivouac and may still have a chance of surviving

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
9 months ago
Reply to  Twinkletoes

Realistically speaking, bivouac on winter K2 will be a disaster. John Snorri is carrying the tent, just in case they needed some rest before summit. I’m praying for their safe arrival to C3.

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Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes
9 months ago
Reply to  Farukh Ali

Having a tent is good… I hope they make it. They’re a long way from safety.

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Bruno Misseeuw
Bruno Misseeuw
9 months ago

Any possibility they’ve taken cover in the (summer) camp 4? Any tents left there?

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Sheikh
Sheikh
9 months ago
Reply to  Bruno Misseeuw

Lunger and Mohr did have plans to spend some time in C4 before the final push. Not quite sure if they did or not.

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AEA
AEA
9 months ago
Reply to  Bruno Misseeuw

Hoping this is where they are spending the night

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
9 months ago

Feeling extremely sad for Sajid Sadpara, waiting all alone at C3 for his father and other climbers. I hope he doesn’t go up to check with his faulty equipment. He should stay at C3 and soon be planning to go down before the wind arrive.

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Twinkletoes
Twinkletoes
9 months ago
Reply to  Farukh Ali

Also Ali, he must be praying his son does the smart thing and gets down safe.

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Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
9 months ago
Reply to  Twinkletoes

You’re right, he would want him to get down safe.

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Samson Simon Sharaf
9 months ago

It’s nearly 36 hours they left Camp 3 in Death Zone. GPS is off for past 24 hours. There is hardly a place for bivoce except the summit itself.Heroics are not unknown. anxiety grips me. I pray for teneciousness of human spirit and a Miracle by God.

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NEVEN LASTRO
NEVEN LASTRO
9 months ago

Any new news?

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Mian.tasnim.urrehman
Mian.tasnim.urrehman
9 months ago

ویسے کے2 پر تو رہاٸشی نہیں ہیں
…بہت اچھا ہوتا باپ بیٹا کارگل یا کشمیرچلےجاتے .

آخرکیوں انھیں پانچ فروری کے قریب ہی کے2
سرکرنے کی کیوں سوجھی اور اس سے انکےگھر والوں یا امت مسلمہ یا کشمیریوں کو کیا فاٸدہ ہو

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