K2: Pasang Norbu Sherpa’s Speed Attempt Stalls

Pasang Norbu Sherpa also seems to have given up on K2.

Norbu’s goal had been to climb K2 within 24 hours from bottom to top, and to get down before the weather window closed. He set off from Base Camp yesterday at 6 am local time and reached higher Camp 2 (6,670m) seven hours later.

His tracker now puts him at around 7,300m at higher Camp 3, but he appears to have stalled. His tracker has not moved in the last few hours.

Norbu’s tracker shows the usual wild deviations (likely due to satellite issues) but does not show any recent upward progress.

 

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Dor
Dor
1 year ago

Do we know if this unexpected speed attempt was maybe also an attempt at bringing more supplies to the Seven Summit team which were obviously underprepared and had not enough tents?

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Dawa Sherpa reported at 7:30am PKT:
Everyone from SST team is back to Camp 3, all are safe and fine. Nobody made it to the summit, in few hours they will start destent to Base Camp.

John Snorri, Muhammad Ali Sadpara and Sajid Ali Sadpara still above Camp 3 at around 7900m.
(But he didn’t say if he goes up or down)

As well the speed ascent was aborted due technical problem with O2, controller exploded:/

Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Thank you for the update!

Khizer
Khizer
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Thank you SST for being on the mountain just to jeopardize everyone else’s attempt and nothing more.

Alpic
Alpic
1 year ago

Its tracker shows he is at camp 2 at 9:43.
He goes down very quickly.
https://share.garmin.com/pasangnorbusherpak2

Alpic
Alpic
1 year ago
Reply to  Alpic

At noon, he passed the advanced base camp and heads to the base camp.