Breaking: Weather Forecast Worsens on K2

An urgent new weather update for K2 has just reached ExplorersWeb. Contrary to what was expected, the forecast shows a quick turn for the worse, and the long-expected good weather window will slam shut on Sunday, according to Vitor Baía. This is bad news for the climbers who left Base Camp yesterday or earlier today.

“February 23 will be good, but then conditions will turn bad very quickly,” Baia said.

Alex Txikon’s team members Felix Criado, Ignacio de Zuloaga and expedition doctor Josep Sanchis have just arrived at Advanced Base Camp, after climbing in still-tough conditions, as shown in the Twitter video link below:

Some members of the Russian-Kazakh-Kyrgyz team have also headed for Advanced Base Camp, pitched at 5,290m.

The previous forecast spoke of good conditions below 7,000m for about three days, but the new pattern show good conditions only tomorrow, forcing climbers to either change their strategy or risk a storm while at higher camps.

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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