Kobusch Up Again on Everest, Tseng Approaches K2

Jost Kobusch is patient, but not that patient. “I’ve waited long enough at Base Camp,” he grumbled yesterday. So despite the cloudy day, and under a light snowfall, Kobusch left Lobuche and headed up Everest, with no clear goal. Forecasts show variable weather but Kobusch recognizes that “it is winter and the weather is not stable.”

According to his tracker, he reached his Camp 2 at 6,000m, on top of the Lho La and right by the West Ridge, earlier today. He went back down, then posted a short video of his excursion.

Winter K2

Meanwhile, somewhere in the Karakoram, Grace Tseng and the Nepali climbers are approaching K2 Base Camp. According to a brief communication from outfitter Dolma Outdoor, they reached Goro II camp for the night. This suggests that they should reach Concordia tomorrow and Base Camp on Sunday.

The Nepali Cho Oyu expedition, ready for departure. Photo: Gelje Sherpa


Cho Oyu

Gelje Sherpa and the all-Nepal team aiming to open a new commercial route up the highly difficult south face of Cho Oyu were still in Kathmandu yesterday. Shortly, however, they will fly to Lukla and join the Base Camp crew in Namche Bazaar. They left by road in Jeeps two days ago, loaded with supplies, gear, and oxygen.