First Winter Ascents of K2 & Gasherbrum Attempts (Current Update)

With all the mountaineering feats that have been accomplished, a winter ascent of Pakistan’s two giants, K2 and Gasherbrum, remain allusive.  Winter has grasped Pakistan’s Karakoram mountain range with no intention of letting go anytime soon.  Adventure Blog is tracking the progress of the Russian team on K2, the Polish team attempting Gasherbrum and Dennis Urubko on Nanga Parbat.

On K2, the Russian squad has now felt the full force of the winds on that mountain.  The team has now established Camp 2 at 6350 meters (20,833 ft) and even begun to fix lines above that point, but yesterday they were hit by high winds (120km/h/75mph) that destroyed BC and more than likely shredded C1 and 2 as well.  The entire group was safely in Base Camp at the time, and the plan is for them to begin heading back up the mountain today to rebuild their camps – that is if the weather allows it.  The forecast says that the week ahead should be better, with winds dying off and little snowfall.  Hopefully that will provide the weather window they need to continue their work.

Check back in to see how these expeditions are advancing.  Let’s hope the Russian team can claim the title as the first to summit K2 in winter.  The Polish team wants that same glory on Gasherbrum.  Best of luck teams.

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