K2Climb.net is reporting that Kazakhs Maxut Zhumayev and Vassily Pivtsov have left for the mountain and will arrive in BC in a few days. The two men are fresh off their recent ascent of Everest, in which they were the first non-Sherpa’s to reach the top, and now they’re ready to give K2 a crack.
WIth them is Serguey Bogomolov, a Russian climber who watched four of his companions swept off the mountain in an avalanche last year. He returns to K2 to have a go at the summit, and perhaps exercise some demons in the process. Serguey was very close to getting swept up in the same avalanche that claimed his teammates. The three very experienced climbers will try to go up the North West Ridge, and for Serguey, the only 8000m peaks left on his list are K2 and Annnapurna. For Maxut and Vassily, it’s K2, Lhotse, Manaslu still to conquer.
Hey guys? Why didn’t you knock out Lhotse while you were on Everest. You had the time! 😉
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