K2 summit push aborted--climbers down from C4

Posted: Jul 27, 2010 12:00 pm EDT

(ExWeb/Madrid) Tough conditions have finally forced down all climbers pushing for K2 summit via the Cesen route. Slow going in deep, unstable snow yesterday left them out of time to attempt to top-out today. Besides, conditions ahead don't seem any better and wind is reportedly increasing; with all odds against them, the teams have retreated back to BC.

First to call it a day were Fredrik Ericsson and Trey Cook. It took us 12 hours to cover the ground that should have taken us eight...and we are still at least an hour from the shoulder," Trey reported over sat-phone. "We dont have time to brew up and begin our summit push by 10:00.... So we are not going to the summit. The Polish team reported retreat some time later.

Slow going, wind picking

Upon reaching C4 yesterday, Fabrizio Zangrilli also warned his team that conditions would surely thwart all attempts to proceed any further. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Ralf Dujmovits, climbing with him, have just posted a message informing on their decision to return to BC.

"Deep snow slowed us down yesterday--at the time we reached our bivouac place it was too late to recover and launch a summit bid today," Gerlinde and Ralf told their home team. "In addition, wind increased during the night--a summit push is not possible in the current conditions; so that is why we're returning to BC."

Links to 2010 K2 teams:

Fredrik Ericsson

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Giuseppe Pompilli

Kinga Baranowska

Marcin Miotk

Polish expedition info - FB

Christian Stangl

News on Leila Esfandyari - IMZ

Field Touring Alpine - blog

Meagan McGrath (with FTA)

Louis and Kat (logistics with FTA)

Fabrizio Zangrilli

Mike Horn's Pangaea expedition

Jacek Teler
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Image by Ralf Dujmovits courtesy Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, SOURCE