K2 2008-09 - Ger McDonnell

Tuesday, 29 July 2008 00:00

The Move is Upwards- Ger McDonald, K2

The 31st of July. That's the target date for the first joint summit bid. Some will elect to go a day later. All weather forecasts jived. The weather on the 1st of August is, for the most part, equally as good. That'll give the lead party a buffer if there…
It's now sit and wait time for positive news from K2. It is worrying that the summit climbers are now facing their 3 night above 8000 meters. The next few hours will be tense for us here at the Lodge and the families of each of the climbers as we…
Below is current update from K 2 Base camp. We all wish the team the best of luck and a safe climb.From Maarten at Base camp.The time has come. They are on their way up. Today they all reached C2. Still a lot of wind and a bit of snow.…
Weather Dispair - July 16thMorale hit a new low for the team a few days ago when what appeared to be a possible weather window on the 18th vanished with the changing influences of the jet stream. High winds. No go. So we're still waiting on the weather. To kill…
[English] At the first sign of a good weather window the Norit team will move up again. Cooperating with the Koreans will be difficult but Wilco thinks he’s got one big advantage and that’s a very good and reliable weather forecast. (Words of mr. Kim the Korean Expedition leader). That…
Photo: Red dot marks the top anchor where our fixed lines on the Cessen (or Basque route) currently end. 400m of bottleneck rope also cached at that point as well as camp 4 provisions.As might have been mentioned previously, these dispatches are seriously challenged by an inadequately sized and much…
Thursday, 03 July 2008 00:00

Latest news on Norit K2 Team

Wilco, Cas, Pemba, Jelle and Gerard reached Camp 3 today. Although there was still a bit of wind last night, today was a beautiful climbing day. All five climbers are in good health and prepare to climb to Camp 4 tomorrow morning. photo: Under C3
First of all a quick thank you to Human Edge Tech (and Annie, JJ and Marten) for sorting out the lack of credit on the sat phone. In my infinite wisdom I'd let the credit go down to less than the amount capable of making a call or sms/text to…
Originally from Kilcornan in County Limerick and a graduate of the DCU School of Electronic Engineering, Gerard McDonnell became the first Irish person to scale K2, on the border between China and Pakistan, when he reached the summit on Friday Aug 1st 2008. Tragically Gerard was involved in a fatal…
Thursday, 27 July 2006 00:00

Italians summit K2 Breaking news

11:38 am EST Jul 26, 2006 (K2Climb.net) Nives Meroi and husband Romano Benet summit K2 today. The two climbers left on their summit push at 2:00 am this morning according to Montagna.org and reached the top at 10:30 am (local time). Both are now safely back in Camp 4. Nives…
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