First the weather, the window is still open, but things are
going to get worse. On Monday evening, wind will increase becoming westerly,
triggering cloudiness/snow for short time. Mon/Tue will be hard.
Marco Confortola is "found" and at camp 4 , 2 Sherpas are
there giving him oxygen and medicine. This information is from his climber
partner who is now in K2 base camp.
Fredrik Strang is one of the climbers up high helping. He is
on Mike Farris's expedition , he is reporting that all of his eight team
members are safe.
A climber fell in the bottleneck, breaking an arm or leg...
Gerard, the Irish climber is "missing". Gerard McDonnell is
37 years old originally from Kilcornan. He is oil company employee who lives
in Alaska and is part of the Dutch international team.
One report claims 6 peoples still standing on the
Hugues is "missing".
A third climber has died in camp 4.
The list of missing is variable....
Singapore climbers with 2 Sherpas were asked by Dutch to
stay in camp 3 [but not go up]. It will be the third night there, they will
need to down very soon... They are sharing what food, fuel and oxygen they can
spare for the rescued climbers and rescuers.
The Singapore Team's update: Our team okay
An avalanche above Camp 3 has wiped away the fixed ropes above Camp 3, leaving
some 12 climbers stranded. There were also reports of at least 3 deaths. Our
team woke this morning to a request from BC to stay put at Camp 3 and to
gather food, fuel and oxygen for the rescued climbers and rescuers. They are
in contact with BC every two hours, standing by to help n the rescue if
needed. They will be spending a third night at Camp 3 which will surely leave
their bodies even more debilitated. Their expedition now hangs in the
balance, but that is the last thing on their minds, as lives are at stake.
If you are so inclined, please pray for everyone on the mountain."
Earlier: Things are real bad on K2. The Koreans, we are told, are
sending their Sherpas up to try to rescue climbers. What remains of the Dutch
teams at camp 4 is expected to go up with a couple of others. If the fixed
ropes are really gone, then ....
At least one climber "hopes" that the fixed ropes are not
gone and that those coming down just missed the point.... Who knows at this
One unconfirmed report states as many as 7 climbers could be
seen up high...
We are not going to release names at this point, see below
(way down) for information on climbers who people believe to be down.
At least one climber believes it is time to try to send
everyone possible who is at camp 3 and above up that can help...
Hard decisions that might result in more lost of life...
Earlier: 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
The fate of many are in the hands of the themselves to will
their way down with the possible help of the Koreans...
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
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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