Saturday-suhhota 29.07.06

This is the start of my journey to climb the highest mountain in Europe Mt Elbrus and training for my trip to Antarctic in November, jou can find out more about this on our web site www.beyondendurance.ie . It’s been a while since I’ve climbed a mountain as I had to study very hard this year for my exams. Pat told me unless I get fit he won’t bring me to Antarctic. So I’m off to Russia.

Yuck, such an early start. In Dublin airport Pat introduced me to my minder for my Russian trip, her name is Ruth, she's travelling with her husband, Peter and there's two other guys, Killian and Tony with us too, all hoping to summit Mt. Elbrus. Ruth looks after children at home so some day i'll have to visit them.
We travelled most of the day to get to Moscow around 6pm. Our hotel is cool, it's really, really big. It was built for the Olympics years ago and was the biggest hotel in the world then, imagine 5000 bedrooms.

We went on the underground train into the city centre for something to eat. The underground was very dirty and noisy, my nice white fur will need washing when I go home! The buildings are all amazing and are very big compared to little me. My new Russian word for today is spasibo which means thank you. The Russian ABC has some different letters to our ABC so it’s very hard for me to read signposts.
It’s over for another season

Banjo the Russians and Polish Jacek have decide to call it a day and return to base camp. Home Base team for Banjos team have confirmed that they have received confirmation from Banjo that the K2 summit attempt is finally over. Banjo and the team have decided to call it a day due to the amount of snow above camp 4.

A wise decision:
A wise decision on a killer mountain, We would like to congradulate the climbers on their attempt and even though they will be disappointed I would like to quote them a verse from Earnest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition when he turned within sight of the South Pole. “Better a live donkey then a dead Lion” We only live once and we can always return to the mountain, we can’t challenge the might of nature but be at one with it.

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Published in K2 BroadPeak 2006
Breaking news. Avalanche!

On a summit push yesterday Sunday August 13th at around noon, a massive avalanche swept the upper slopes of K2. There was Seven Russian Climbers, Jacek a Polish climber and our own Banjo Bannon from Ireland on the move upwards when the avalanche happened. From our reporting we can confirm that Banjo Bannon is free from the avalanche and moving down the mountain towards the safety of base camp. It will be an anxious 24 to 36 hours before his return. We will keep you updated as we get further information. We have been onto Natasha our Russian representative to find out more about their climbers.

Climbers Changed their minds on summit attempt.

It seems that climbers changed their minds on aborting the summit attempt as reported on our news report on the 12th August and continued on summit attempt some are now reported missing.

Avalanches are the biggest fear of high altitude climbers. Photo Avalanche on one of our expeditions.

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Published in K2 BroadPeak 2006
Friday, 11 August 2006 00:00

Final push for summit of K2 for Banjo.

Banjo, Jacek and 2 Russian climbers will move from camp 3 today and push for camp four and hopefully push for the summit tomorrow night. This will of course be pending weather conditions, which they have received from Michael Fagin one of the best forecasters on mountain weather in the world and he perdicts the best shot is tonight or tomorrow night, so the best of luch lads
Published in K2 BroadPeak 2006
Tuesday, 08 August 2006 00:00

Last summit attempts on K2

We just got a text from Simon Scott on Banjo's team to let us know that Banjo, Jack and the Russians are still weathering it out at camp 2 on K2.

They're all hoping for a good weather window to open up around Wednesday/Thursday to allow another summit attempt. This will be Banjo's last opportunity this year.

The climbers have now been at high altitude for several days; this must be weakening. Lets hope if they get a shot at the summit that they will be strong enough to pull it off or if not, to get off the mountain safely should the weather change.

Go safe and best of luck to all at camp 2 on K2.

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Published in K2 BroadPeak 2006
Saturday, 05 August 2006 00:00

Weather alert on K2

The following forecast has been published by Everest News for Pakistan:

Window getting Close, Bad Weather Approaching. Weather is not good today, Saturday.. High winds are approaching northern parts of Pakistan from Saturday evening making weather harsh over/around all main peaks including K2/NP/BPks/GBI/GBII/Hidden Peaks.

Next 5 days will be hard due to high winds/poor visibility/snow, and likely to clear from coming Thursday.

Be Careful…….Hanif
Published in K2 BroadPeak 2006
Saturday, 05 August 2006 00:00

All is quiet at Camp 3 on K2

Banjo, Jack and the Russians have descended from Camp 3. Jack and the Russians left yesterday while Banjo held at Camp 3 until today hoping for an improvement to allow him to move further up the mountain.

This morning, Maarten, from Wilco's home team, reports that Banjo is on his way down.

Banjo's plans are unknown, but its late in the K2 season now and conditions are unlikely to improve. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
Published in K2 BroadPeak 2006
Serguey Bogomolov: Mystery climbers in camp 1

Russian climber Serguey Bogomolov reported to Mountain.ru that 5 Russians and one Irish climber have reached C1 on K2. Bogomolov said all but three tents in camp had been flattened by the recent storm.

Picture Ice Route from Base camp(c) Ryan Waters Base camp K2
Published in K2 BroadPeak 2006
Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

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