News from K2 and Gasherbrum II
Bad weather slows progress on K2 and Gasherbrum II
Heidi Howkins on K2
photo Heidi Howkins archive
| K2, American North Ridge Expedition |
7 July 2000.
Bad weather in the Himalayas has also hampered progress on K2's North Face. The American North Ridge Expedition has established Camp 1 and set up fixed ropes to Camp 2, but this camp still needs to be installed.
K2, South Face
11 July 2000.
The weather has finally improved, giving rise to a flourish of activity towards the summit. The Niclevicz, Blanc and Camandona expedition will attempt to establish Camp 3 at 7450m, fundamental to the successful outcome of their expedition.
The Korean team and that led by the American Gary Pfisterer will do just the same. Hans Kammerlander and Konrad Auer have set off for another attempt along the Cesen route.
In the evening of 10 July the clouds finally lifted, enabling the Italian expedition led by Fabio Agostinis to finally view the entire mountain and "appreciate" the vast quantities of fresh snow.
Snowfall on 11 July stopped the planned climb to Camp 1. Should the weather continue to remain bad then the Italian team may consider making a summit bid in alpine style directly from Camp 1, based at 5800m.