The push is about to start for the summit of K2.
The tension will be high for all that follow the progress of Ger, Mick and all the other teams on K2 over the coming weeks.
Having Climbed with Ger and Mick over the years I have great confidence in their ability to succeed safely on what is one of the most exciting mountains in the world. They also have the courage and sense to turn if the need arises, on of the greatest qualities in a high altitude mountaineer. Ger and Mick have the strength, the confidence a self belief and a continous positive attitude to pull this off if the mountain gives them a fair chance with the weather.
It’s at times like this that I get excited myself and wish that I to could be on the ascent with them.
Update from http://www.expeditienet.nl/tweebergen/
This is an update from the Wilco’s web site who is climbing with Ger and Mick.
I love it when a plan comes together!
UPDATE Tuesday July 18th.
We are very pleased to know that so many english speaking readers are following our website. First we would like to thank all of you for the encouragements you gave the climbing teams. They have been reading your messages and they give them strength.
The teams will start tomorrow morning wednesday 19th. They will climb to ABC.
Thursday they will climb from ABC to camp 1. Team1: Ryan, Gerard, Mich and Wilco will proceed on friday towards camp 2. On saturday they will be in camp 3 and Sunday morning they will go for Camp 4. Very early on Mondaymorning (01.00hr local time) they will start their summit push. That last part wil be a round trip of approx. 17 hrs.
Today the team discoverde the remains of Renato Casarotto, a very famous Italian solo climber who died tragically on descent. They found some remains and some artefacts. They informed the Italian Expedition who will decide what to do. Most likely they will decide the same as the Italian Expedition in 2004. Transport the remains to Gikey memorial and bury them ther. You can read more about Renato and his tragic death here:http://www.k2climb.net/story/RenatoCasarottoremainsfoundatthefootoftheMagicLineonK2Jul212004.shtml
The first prize is a beautiful carrying bag from The North Face.
Until next time.
Further reports on explorers web.. http://www.k2climb.net/news.php?id=10180.