Camp 2 (6100m), West Ridge of Broad Peak ©Mike Farris
No summits and Everyone's Alive
What a wild
48 hours. Being in Camp 2 during the main summit push was both a blessing and
a curse. People were dead, then they weren't. People were missing, then they
weren't. There were summits, then there weren't.
several reached the 'rocky summit' (8000+ m), a point along the ridge well
short of the main summit. Nobody has traversed the summit ridge yet. The
earliest arrival at the rocky summit was 3:30pm--far too late. And best of
all, everyone's alive.
brought down their injured climber from 7600m in three days. Arthur was taken
out by chopper today (July 25). Max (ITA) was finally tracked down by his
partner after being listed as 'missing' for almost a day. Max clearly had HACE
and is a very, very lucky boy.
climbers are leaving BC. A handful of us are staying, hoping for the weather
window we need to make a serious attempt on the true summit. We'll know in the
next couple of days.
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