Breaking News on K2: Body Found Above Camp 4

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A body, potentially one of February's missing climbers, has been found on K2's upper slopes. Photo: Oswald Rodrigo Pereira

A body has been found above Camp 4 on K2’s Abruzzi Spur route, Akhbar Syed of Lela Peak Expedition reports from Base Camp.

The body was found roughly 400m above Camp 4 by the Madison Mountaineering Sherpa team, it has a black and yellow suit, Syed said. Both John Snorri and Juan Pablo Mohr were wearing those colors when they were last seen, heading up from Camp 3 towards K2’s summit on February 5.

Garrett Madison and his clients are following their sherpa team up. They are expected to reach Camp 3 today. In a previous interview with ExplorersWeb, Madison said that if his team happened to find any trace of the missing climbers, he would immediately inform the liaison officer in Base Camp and wait for further instructions.

Juan Pablo Mohr of Chile last winter on K2. Photo: Juan Mohr

Muhammad Ali Sadpara also went missing on February 5. His son, Sajid Sadpara, is currently on the mountain, hoping to find his remains. Climbing with Elia Saikaly and Pasang Kaji, Sajid should be on his way to Camp 4 today. Before departing from Base Camp, the young Pakistani climber shared some thoughts with ExplorersWeb:

“I am totally different from last winter: I came here that time to set a world record on winter K2, then the only unclimbed 8000er, with my father and John (Snorri). Now I am here in their search and I am climbing with lots of emotional feelings but also responsibilities. I must be careful since I am also thinking a lot about the future…I am climbing physically, but also internally.”

Sajid Sadpara is currently heading for Camp 4 on K2. Photo: Elia Saikaly

Coincidentally, a small group of Juan Pablo Mohr’s relatives and friends reached Base Camp last weekend, together with Mohr’s climbing mate Tamara Lunger. They conducted a ceremony at the Gilkey Memorial near Base Camp. Finding the bodies of the missing climbers might at least bring some peace to those connected with last winter’s tragic events.

K2 overloaded with snow

Yesterday, legendary climber Rick Allen was killed by an avalanche while attempting a new route. In light of this latest tragedy, Carlos Garranzo and Oswald Rodrigo Pereira have decided to stay on at Base Camp despite aborting their climb. They are ready to help if there are any further emergencies on the mountain.

Rick Allen’s body has now been recovered and brought to Base Camp. Following the family’s wishes, he will be buried at the foot of K2, as he would have wanted.

Left to right: Sheny (Atanas Skatov’s fiancee), Federico Scheuch (Juan Mohr’s cousin), Tamara Lunger, Oswald Rodrigo Pereira and Carlos Garranzo. Photo: Alpinismo y Montaña

The potential for more accidents should not be discounted. Conditions are dangerous; the mountain is overloaded with snow. Mirza Ali of Karakorum Expeditions has announced that he is cancelling his team’s expedition to K2 due to “dangerous conditions and lack of coordination between teams.”

Coordination and the will to work together are precisely what climbers will need on the final summit push. A lack of coordination could have disastrous consequences, as we have recently seen on Broad Peak and, some months ago, during the winter attempt on K2.

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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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Tadeo
Tadeo
4 months ago

He almost made it back.. 😞

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Climber
Climber
4 months ago

So now the accident make clear it was not an crevasse he almost reach camp 4 🙁

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Mikael Funch
Mikael Funch
4 months ago
Reply to  Climber

Same thought here

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Pablo C
Pablo C
4 months ago

It would be better don’t speculate until know more details.

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Pawel
Pawel
4 months ago

Is it for sure that John Snorri was wearing yellow and black? on all photos above C2 he is wearing orange and black, he had yellow and black but was using it lower (probably the orange suit was warmer)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CK6PmlHAPqV

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Ximena
Ximena
3 months ago
Reply to  Pawel

Was wearing orange and black

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Dan
Dan
4 months ago

Is it known whether the missing winter team made it above the Bottleneck? Would this climber have been on their way down or up?

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Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan

They were last seen at the top of the bottleneck I believe. Either way — Snorri attempted a phone call hours later from his sat phone. That suggests they did summit and that something happened (a fall etc) on descent. Tragic how close they were

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Mike Adamzek
Mike Adamzek
4 months ago

2nd body found 300m down the bottleneck. Indentified as Ali Sadpara
https://www.instagram.com/p/CRyZNHDnHJA/?utm_medium=copy_link

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Anna
4 months ago

❤❤❤

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Rebe
Rebe
3 months ago

It is somewhat frustrating that some articles (not yours) only focus in Ali Sadpara and John Snorri and totally forget to mention Juan Pablo Mohr. They were not part of the same expedition, Ali was climbing with Snorri, and Juan Pablo was on his own. Is that enough of a reason to ignore him in some news? To be honest, I am sure that JP was the best. His body was the closest body to Camp 4 to be found. He should not be ignored. Moreover, why there are so many contradictions about the finding and recovery of the bodies… Read more »

Himal GHALE
3 months ago

so sad news

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Nepal Wilderness
2 months ago

mountain climbing is always dangers. take good care rest of the mate in the futures when go to mountains.

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