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  K2 2006: K2 2006 – Yuri Uteshev, Alexander Foigt, Arkady Kuvakin and Petr Kuznetsov


Copyright© Billy Pierson

Update 8/18/2006: The Russians still hold out hope. It has been so long; now it would be a miracle. ATP (the Pakistani low budget organizer) tells EverestNews.com that everyone has left base camp. There is a Czech team at Broad Peak base camp others tell us. The Irish climber reported them dead almost right after it happened. The Polish climber also says they are dead. The Russians ask where are the bodies? Have they seen the bodies (alive or dead)? The Russians have several question like how you do know they are dead when you did not see the bodies?

The weather cleared yesterday, but it appears no helicopter was in the air...

Our prayers go out to the climbers families... as it appears over...

Yuri Uteshev, Alexander Foigt, Arkady Kuvakin and Petr Kuznetsov are missing. You might recall Alexander Foigt summited Everest in 2001. You might also recall the Siberian Everest expedition lost a climber in 2001 the same night Brice's client and guide spent the night at the Third Step only to be rescued by Dave Hahn and the others...

The Russians have not give up hope. Sadly it appears the Irish are reporting the climbers dead. Two of the Russians are said to have dug themselves out after the Avalanche. The others climbers went down, and no one has been reported as going up to try to help. It appears the others are going home... Our hopes and prayers go out to the climbers and their families...

Update 8/16/2006: Yuri Uteshev, Alexander Foigt, Arkady Kuvakin and Petr Kuznetsov are missing. You might recall Alexander Foigt summited Everest in 2001. You might also recall the Siberian Everest expedition lost a climber in 2001 the same night Brice's client and guide spent the night at the Third Step only to be rescued by Dave Hahn and the others...

The Russians have not give up hope. Sadly it appears the Irish are reporting the climbers dead. Two of the Russians are said to have dug themselves out after the Avalanche. The others climbers went down, and no one has been reported as going up to try to help. It appears the others are going home... Our hopes and prayers go out to the climbers and their families...

Update 8/15/2006: 4 Russian climbers are missing on K2. ATP will send a helicopter after the weather gets better... It appears they will need to dig themselves out or get help from those on the mountain, while hope remains the time is getting long and the weather is not good. The Polish Jacek Teler is alive and the Irish climber is alive....

The Russians spent a very long time at high camp and then headed up while the Pakistani weather services was issuing a URGENT weather warning. It is unclear who or anyone the Russians were getting weather reports from at this time... Our hopes and prayers go out to the climbers and their families...

Update 8/14/2006: Four climbers are reportedly missing after an Avalanche on the Pakistani side of the mountain. The Russians and at least one Polish climber was were still climbing. It is unclear as to who is missing. The Irish climber is free on the Avalanche. Stay tuned and hope for the best...

Update 8/9/2006: The Russians appears to have headed back up to camp 3 and waiting to move their move... GOT TO HEAD UP OR DOWN SOON...

Earlier Update as Hanif predicted the clouds have moved in. The Russians appear to be holding, but they will need to go up or down....The Japanese are still up high. They will need to come down.... It is unknown the status of the Canada team on the Chinese Side on K2.

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 us.

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....

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