Karakoram Diaries – 8th July

There are very few updates from the mountains today due to the poor reception plus the climbers are busy gaining altitude with the first good weather in a while occuring.

The Pioneer Adventures Sherpa team have successfully opened up the route on K2 up to Camp 3.

Around 3pm local time Sanu Sherpa, Pemba Rita Sherpa, Chhiring Namgel Sherpa, Lakpa Galjen Sherpa, Tashi Sherpa plus a few others broke through.

The route to Camp 2 had previously been opened by ‘Karakoram Expeditions’.

The key teams have met and are sharing the workload.

Late moves

In the past day or two several climbers have announced their K2 expeditions and are currently making treks towards along the Baltoro.

These include Sheroze Kashif, Tamara Lunger, Jenn Drummond and Sandro Gromen-Hayes.

Trackers

From the personal trackers we can see…

Carlos Garranzo – K2 Camp 1

Lluis Cortadellas – Gasherbrum 1 Camp 2

Victor Sans – Broad Peak Camp 3

Updates

Marco Confortola (Gasherbrum II)

“At 2.00 pm local I will start the climb towards C2. I’ll reach Mario Vielmo who today positioned himself at C1 to complete his acclimation. Weather permitting the next day we will try to push ourselves up to C 3.
We should be about 7 mountaineers that we’ll try to track on rotation. More shipments meanwhile in these hours are moving nicely on Gasherbrum 2.”

Edu Marin (Trango Towers)

“This morning we go to Askole to start the trekking that will take us to the place where we will install the base camp, under the Trango Towers. We will try to do the trekking in three days and arrive at BC on the 11th. Pakistan, the indomitable land, is undoubtedly an arid country surrounded by mountain ranges and great mountains. Their people have welcomed us with open arms. I am ready to face this ascent with Miquel Mas and Marc Subirana”