Korean expedition summits K2
On 26/6 four Korean alpinists reached the summit of K2 (8611m)
|On 26 June four Korean alpinists successfully reached the summit of K2 (8611m). |
Kang Yeon Ryong, Yun Jung Hyna, Joo Woo Pyoung and Park Jung Hun left Camp III, 8050m at 1.00 am on 26 June and reached the summit at 15.23 (Pakistan time). Park Jung Hum was the only alpinist who did not make use of supplementary oxygen.
The Korean expedition arrived at Base Camp on 21 March and required just over a month to climb the 'Cesen' SSE crest. They are the first expedition since June 1997 to set foot on K2s summit. A second team belonging to the Korean expedition will set out for the summit on 29 June.
Weather conditions are currently stable and the mountain is generally in good condition, making the outcome of this season look promising.
In the meantime, the Niclevicz, Blanc and Camandona expedition has fixed ropes on the Black Pyramid (a rocky spur between Camps 2 and 3) up to 7000m. A second Korean expedition and an American expedition led by Gary Pfisterer, the husband of the strong British alpinist Ginette Harrison who died on Dhaulagiri last year, are collaborating in setting up these fixed ropes.
The Italian/Brasilian expedition should be ready for a summit bid in about a weeks time.