International expedition to K2 successfully went down to 8,000 meters 24 августа 2011, 15:35
©National Geographic\Ralf Dujmovits
Participants of the international expedition to K2 successfully went down from the peak to the fourth camp at 8,000 meters. Four alpinists are planning to have some rest there after the very difficult ascent to the top of Chogori, then they will continue their dangerous trip back to the base camp, Kazakhstan alpinist Maksut Zhumayev told Tengrinews.kz.
“Vassiliy and I reached our tent at 8,300 meters at around 1 a.m. We had some sleep there. Now we are back to our camp at 8,000 meters, eating our food. Vassiliy is sleeping already. Everyone is asleep. We need some rest. We need energy to go down,” Kazakhstan alpinist said.
The final trip to the top of K2 has been lasting for seven days. German alpinist Ralf Dujmovits withdrew from the ascent in the very beginning of the trip because of its difficulty and a landslide threat. Kazakhstan alpinists Maksut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov, Gerlinda Kaltenbrunner from Austria and Darek Zalusky from Poland continued the trip despite of the fear and risk.
August 22 the alpinists reached the fourth camp, where they spent a night in a small tent. That night the temperature dropped to 25 degrees Centigrade below zero. On August 23 they started the ascent at 7 a.m. 200 meters before the top alpinists faced a severe challenge: a section of the mountain slope at the angle of 45 degrees and 1.5 meters of snow. This section took them several hours to pass. The alpinists reached the top at 6:36 p.m. But it starts getting dark at 8:00 p.m. in the area. So they had to immediately go back and had to go most of the way back in the dark. The alpinists worked for the total of 18 hours that day.
K2 is the most northern and the most dangerous 8-thousander in the world. Its height is 8,611 meters. Zhumayev and Pivtsov already made five attempts to ascend it. They have now ascended all 14 8-thousanders of the world. Gerlinda Kaltenbrunner became the first woman in the world who ascended all the highest mountains of the world without bottled oxygen.