Breaking: Sajid Sadpara Back in Camp 3

“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.

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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jmaf
jmaf
1 year ago

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

Nomi Khan
Nomi Khan
1 year ago

Praying for their success. Conditions are extremely difficult.

Sheikh
Sheikh
1 year ago

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

Shabbir Kazmi
Shabbir Kazmi
1 year 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.