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  K2 2008: Huge problems on K2


Copyright© Billy Pierson

One climber was still seen going UP at 8.30pm local time last night. Some summited at 6pm. The weather is almost perfect for K2. So... We are told 2 died on the way up...

We are being told as many as 12 did not yet make it back to camp 4 yet. The Koreans DO have a group who were planning to try to summit tonight. They are going to run into a mess .... The Korean will have oxygen, but probably not much more than they will need. Taking themselves off oxygen could result in death for their members.

A hope and a prayer. The weather is almost prefect... No one could ask for better conditions...

A report that a big chunk of ice took out part of the fixed lines is unconfirmed.

Rescues attempts from base camp to rescue someone at the bottleneck would seem impossible, according to past K2 Summiters we have talked to.

The fate of many are in the hands of the themselves to will their way down with the possible help of the Koreans...

Stay Tuned...

Earlier: A Serbia climber fell from the bottleneck. His family we are told have been told, but we will hold the news for 24 hours... A porter also is believed to have died...

Other reached the the summit ... but late.

The Dutch team summited: Cas, Gerard and Pemba, and Wilco... It was Wilco's third attempt.

Norwegians and Hugues, the Frenchman, summited

The Italian climber (Marco Confortola) was still going up very late.... His parent turned around early and it assumed safe.

At 8.30 pm local time, 3 headlights were seen going down up around the shoulder... Unclear where everyone is at right now...

Gerard has become the 1st the FIRST Irishman to become a K2-summiteer.

If you believe, then prayers .....

Others: It is believed Eric the doctor and his Sherpa turned around and it back in camp 3.

The Koreans summited first with oxygen and are believed to be the strongest...

Mark Sheen did not attempt the summit.

Jelle Staleman is down to camp 3.

The last few meters seemed to take hours to reach....

The Singapore team made a good call and turned around. the report is below...

August 1: The Singapore Team set off today from Camp 3 and headed towards Camp 4. They reached the tip of the shoulder from where they could see the bottleneck, before turning to return to Camp 3. They will return to BC tomorrow to recover and wait for their summit window.

An exhausted Robert said they were climbing about 20 % slower than he Koreans and Americans who had been on the mountains far longer. He and Edwin are not as well acclimatised as they would have liked, having arrived late at BC.

 
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