K2 Climb 2016
Blog #35: How to party hard in Basecamp!
Day 35: Basecamp 5000m/cite>
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Very grey skies, mist and a fair amount of rain today. Perhaps some sympathetic weather in recognition to the wash out that the UK seems to be having at the moment!
We had Vanessa O’Brien over for dinner last night which was great fun. It’s nice to be able to have a change at the dinner table, and Zulfi and the boys pulled out all the stops – including mince (keema), beef kofta (kebabs) and all sorts of delicious accompaniments. Thank you Vanessa for the Kitkats and the Margarita flavoured shot bloks (jelly-like energy bars). We didn’t end up going to bed until 2130 – a full hour and a half after our usual bedtime!
Today I’ve spent nearly all day in the Ops tent – either playing GTA on my iPad or reading (and finishing) Ed Viesturs’s book on the history of K2 – which although I was aware of most of it, was an excellent anthology and analysis of the six main expeditions/years that have really defined K2’s infamous history. Now onto Bryce Courtney’s ‘The Power of One’…
There has been a fair amount of repair to BC tent platforms, with the warm temperatures playing havoc with the rock and ice around us. Having said that, I’ve still been in a down jacket all day, as whilst the temperature is above zero, it feels really damp, so is very difficult to get warm.
Looks like the generator may be fixed, which means that we can charge the expedition laptop (up until now it’s been trickle charged off my solar panels) – which at least means that the rest of the team can get more regular access to their emails.
Weather is looking bad on the hill for at least the next three days – rain down here no doubt means plenty of snow up high – which isn’t ideal, although hopefully it’ll replace all the snow lost over the last few days.
Some people are starting to get very bored in BC – let’s hope that they can maintain the patience and not lose their desire, regardless of how long we spend down here.
P.s – the new kids who pitched up in camp yesterday are a trekking pair, who will be in BC for 5 days. Given the dodgy weather, it may take 5 days until they actually get to see the mountain!
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Although the summit attempt is over, there is still a challenge ahead: getting everything and everyone safely off the mountain…
It is with deep regret that Jake announces that the expedition is over, and the UK team will be heading home.
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In wild and windy conditions, Jake bravely leaves Camp 2 and battles his way up the mountain.
Jake’s summit attempt begins, and he is joined by an enjoyable partner – clear skies and warm sunshine!
Just before he left to make his summit attempt, we put to Jake some questions that had been sent in for him via Twitter, Facebook and the K2 2016 newsletter.
Day 40: Basecamp 5000m… but not for long!
Clear blue skies and an encouraging weather forecast mean that Jake and the team are making their final preparations for their attempt to reach the summit of K2!
Day 38 & 39: Basecamp 5000m
With the day of the summit attempt just round the corner, the team enjoy some birthday cake before the final dramatic push begins!
Day 36 & 37: Basecamp 5000m
As the team wait out some bad weather in basecamp, Jake ruminates on just how dependent on the weather gods a successful summit attempt is…
Day 34 – Basecamp Rest Day, 5000m
The weather report says that summit winds are 75 knots today. However galling it was to have to come all the way back down the mountain, we definitely made the right decision.
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