Update 8/03/2006: As others turn around, we are told the
Russians are in their summit push. The Japanese summits are confirmed with
Tatsuya Aoki (21) claming
to become the youngest person ever to scale K2. Other summiting include Yuka
Komatsu (first Japanese woman)
Update 8/01/2006: It is unknown the status of the Canada
team on the Chinese Side on K2. If anyone has more information please e-mail
On the Pakistan Side the Japanese are rumored to have
summited, but this is NOT confirmed. One member of the ATP expedition, Ger
McDonnell, was hurt by getting hit in the head with a rock and was taken to
Skardu, where he is said to be OK...
Others including Wilco are at Camp 3 trying to decide if to
go for it or not....
Background on Canada team:
A strong international group of experienced mountain climbers from Canada, USA
and Czech Republic plan to attempt to summit K2 via North Ridge from China.
This daring project involves travel to one of the most remote places in the
world and difficult climb of the world’s most dangerous peak. The approach is
a 10 days hike using camels for transport of material. The climbing route is
extremely difficult-in rock classification (V) and ice (50-60%). The elevation
difference from advanced base camp to the summit is more than 3 vertical km.
Much more on this group in the future!
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