Makeshift camp II is ready
After twelve hours
of climbing, Denis Urubko, Wasilij Piwcow and Ilias
Tukwatullin have established the makeshift camp II
at 6600 m.
They could not find
a place for setting up the tent until dusk. They
have cut a small platform in the steep ice under the
ridge of K2’s Northern Pillar and established a
Hard times await
the alpinists due to a weather change. It is a very
frosty, windy, moonlit night. The two Kazakhs and
the Uzbek have mattresses, one sleeping bag and a
gas cartridge, which will last for about three hours
of cooking, at their disposal. In order to reach
that point, they have established fixed ropes. The
fourth mountaineer, Gia Tortladze from Georgia, who
was supposed to carry the ropes and the equipment
necessary to set up the camp, has withdrawn due to a
minor knee injury and has descended to the base.
From the base, we
can see through the telescopes the remains of a
tent, left by a former expedition. Some expeditions,
who had attacked the Northern Pillar in the past,
would build camp II there. The winter has caused
utter changes in the terrain shape, however. Instead
of a relatively gentle snowfield, the alpinists have
found a steep, icy slope. At sunset, it looked like
a mirror, reflecting the mountaineers’ dark
On Tuesday morning,
Piotr Morawski and Marcin Kaczkan are leaving camp I
with the necessary equipment and ropes.
from the base under K2.
Written by Monika
translated by "Scrivanek".