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 K2 2009: Austrian speedclimber Christian Stangl back to K2 this year


Last year Christian gave K2 a try but was forced back at 8.100m in the night between August 1st and August 2nd when huge parts of the serac above bottleneck broke off - 11 climbers died. He plans a very fast ascent this year, hoping to break speed record (1986!) of Benoit Chamoux - 23 hours from ABC via Abruzzi to summit.
Stangl will scope the lethal Serac above bottleneck first. If it looks to dangerous, he will switch to the “Wiessner” Variant in the upper part and finish this line to the summit. Wiessner variant: Attempted first by Fritz Wiessner back in 1939!- still not finished route till today.

Chris made a single day push of Everest in spring 2006. He reached the summit in less than 17 hours without use of artificial oxygen and resupplies. Later he completed his “seven summits speed” project, making a single day push on each mountain.
Further he speedclimbed Mt. Cho Oyu 8.201m from basecamp 5.600m to summit (October 1st 2007) He holds several speed records in the Andes. Eg. He climbed ten 6.000m+ peaks in seven days continuously and in may 2008 he climbed four 6.000m+ volcanoes in 22 hours. He started climbing 8.000m+ peaks climbing with an age of 32, soloing south face of Shisha Pangma (British route); 2001 he soloed a new route variation in the “Junge Face”/North side of Cho Oyu.

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