K2: Gavan Ends Quest

Alex Gavan, “humbly listening to the signs” and heartbroken over the death of Sergi Mingote, has ended his attempt to climb K2 in winter without supplementary oxygen.

No word yet from partner Tamara Lunger.

More to come.

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.


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regular reader
regular reader
1 year ago

I remember all the articles about Alex Gavan spending his own funds, time, and resources to search for his friends Alberto Zerain, and Mariano Galvan, on Nanga Parbat, after they went missing June 24, 2017.

Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
1 year ago
Reply to  regular reader

Not just that. He actively takes part in cleaning the trash from the basecamps and trek which doesn’t belong to him. I remember in his last trek to Baltoro Glacier, he picked up a lot of trash which was not his. He’s a true mountain lover.

Zack Mitchell
Zack Mitchell
1 year ago

I do think that your headline is a little harsh given the death of a close friend and team member.

Jambo
Jambo
1 year ago
Reply to  Zack Mitchell

Agreed. Jerry – perhaps you might consider a less emotive/loaded term than ‘quits’ given the circumstances?

Farukh Ali
Farukh Ali
1 year ago

Tamara is continuing. She updated it on her Instagram.