Waiting for another shot at the summit

Annapolis resident Chris Warner files his fifth dispatch from K2

2005 K2 expedition

July 15, 2005|By Chris Warner | Chris Warner,Special to Baltimoresun.com

We are enjoying the rest days at Base Camp. It snowed heavily on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Today, it has been wonderful, with brilliant sunshine and only the odd cloud dropping the odd flake of snow. The winds are whipping past the summits of Broad Peak, hopefully scouring away the fresh snow above 7,000 meters.

We have been examining the various weather forecasts and it looks like next week will be a productive one. Tao and I will head back to Broad Peak's Camp 2 just after midnight on Sunday. We should reach C2 by 9 a.m. The summit push will start at 10 p.m., our time, and hopefully see us on the top by 10 a.m. Monday (1 a.m. EST). The forecast is for stiff winds on Monday, but it plays into our long term plans. I'll tell you all about those next week.

Soon after we return to Base camp, we will be calling into DC101's Elliot in the Morning Show. The call in is tentatively scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday and will be simulcast on their website.

While we are heading up Broad Peak, a lot of teams are moving back up K2. On that peak, teams have reached C3 on both the Abruzzi and SSE Ridges. Should make for an exciting week.

July 15, 2005, 5:58 PM EDT

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