Breaking: Sajid Sadpara Back in Camp 3

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Sajid Sadpara. Photo: Elia Saikaly

“Sajid (Sadpara) is back in C3,” John Snorri’s cook, Harry, reports from Base Camp. “His oxygen regulator wasn’t working so he came back from the Bottleneck.”

The younger Sadpara said that they were at the Bottleneck (8,200m) at around 10 am PKT and that at that time, everyone was fine and continuing at a good pace. “John Snorri, Ali, and J Pablo from Chile are going together for the summit,” Sajid Sadpara said.

However, that was eight (!) hours ago. It’s already past 6 pm and getting dark, even high on K2. Sunset in Islamabad today was at 5:43 pm.

The equipment failure highlights that at least one of the four was using bottled oxygen. This was the second regulator to malfunction on this push. Norbu Sherpa also had to abort his speed climb because of a regulator problem. Sajid would have been climbing with a borrowed unit, since the Snorri team’s own regulators blew away in a mishap a week ago.

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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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jmaf
jmaf
9 months ago

Nervous stuff this. Sun setting on K2 and still going up in winter conditions… Hoping for a safe return.

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Nomi Khan
Nomi Khan
9 months ago

Praying for their success. Conditions are extremely difficult.

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Sheikh
Sheikh
9 months ago

Anyone know how to requisition one of those American spy satellites? Just want these guys to return safe.

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Shabbir Kazmi
Shabbir Kazmi
9 months ago

Sajid Sadpara is NOT a cook, he is a world class amazing climber, probably the best. Your description is insult to his career and his people. Please revise.

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