With the last team now off Everest, we can finally close the book on the Spring Season and turn our eyes over to the Karakorum, where things are really starting to heat up. K2Climb.net has posted an update on some of the things happening now in Pakistan.
The Russian’s on Broad Peak are reporting that they have established Camp 3 and will soon be making their summit bid. The team returned to BC for some rest, but will be heading back up this week as long as the weather holds out. Over on Nanga Parbat, the story is similar, as the Chilean team there has established Camp 1 at 4920m, but have yet to see any neighbors move into the area. The reports are that the weather had been great, and they began establishing the route up to C2, but since then the weather has taken a turn for the worse, and they have retreated back to BC.
Over on K2, there has been some snow storms as well, but the Russians on the West Face have begun moving up the mountain anyway. They have established Camp 1 at 6000m and have also started to put down fixed lines up to 6500m. There is still a lot of work to be done on the World’s second highest mountain, but so far, the progress has been good.
Over the next few weeks, we should really be hearing a lot more about the Karakorum climbs. Many of the teams haven’t even arrived on site yet, so things should be picking up. However, these mountains aren’t like Everest, and we won’t be seeing 100 summits in a single day. You can count on that.
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