K2 Climbers Move Up Tomorrow; Sherpas Edge Toward C4

Most K2 climbers are ushering in the New Year in Base Camp while packing to move up tomorrow. And a few on the leading edge continue to work through the holiday.

Seven Summit Treks leader Dawa Sherpa has detailed the plans for the next few days: The four-man Sherpa rope-fixing team left BC yesterday to set up Camp 4 over the weekend. Tomorrow, SST’s climbers will set off on their first rotation, although it is unclear how high each one will get, and most of all, how so many will squeeze into the few available tents at ABC, C1, and C2.

It’s also unclear if Dawa’s timetable is realistic, given the tough road ahead.

Mingma G explained yesterday that they had reached the end of the Black Pyramid, which is not a monolith but rather an accumulation of walls, ridges, and traverses on brittle rock in summer, and over the same, only ice-coated, in winter. “The end of the Pyramid is a 60 to 70m steep rock gully that ends with a short (7 to 10m) traverse under a large boulder,” explains Polish veteran Jacek Teler. “Above that, a field of blue ice begins.”

That steep field of blue ice continues until the so-called Shoulder at nearly 8,000m. Huge avalanches sweep down these ramps, summer and winter, as ExWeb’s Abruzzi Spur Route breakdown indicates. Adds no-O2 K2 summiter Ralf Dujmovits: “From the end of the Black Pyramid, past Camp 3 (7,300m) up to the Shoulder, the danger of slab avalanches is enormous. It’s textbook avalanche terrain, with wind slabs typically forming after each storm.”

In other words, conditions will be extremely tough for Dawa’s men, and they will need to progress very fast, both for safety and to complete their work on C4 by this weekend. Although K2 forecasts are particularly difficult to get right, the outlook suggests a bitter cold but sunny weekend with relatively low winds.

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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Not a K2 climber
Not a K2 climber
1 year ago

Nirmal & Co. will lead the way and summit and the rest of the climbers will follow and claim to have “defeated K2 in winter”. Just wait and see…

Godspeed to all climbers. Climb safe!

Obin
Obin
1 year ago

No doubt Nims will trailblaze as always.

John Hughes
John Hughes
1 year ago

Hi, I hope the weather holds, and that everything goes well. Looking forward to reading the next post!

North Undertaker
North Undertaker
1 year ago

Trying to make more drama? Not good for beginning.

jdjdjr
1 year ago

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