Updated: Some SST Climbers Not Yet In Base Camp

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Antonios Sykaris, some days ago in Base Camp. Photo: Antonio Sykaris

As night has descended, concern is mounting for all the climbers left on K2 — both the SST members who turned back from Camp 3 and the four who continued their summit attempt and have not been heard from for hours.

On the positive front, Tamara Lunger and Bernard Lippert have arrived in Camp 1 and will spent the night there. Update, 12:40 Eastern time: Lunger is now in ABC.

Other news is not so good.

Antonios Sykaris is in Camp 1, frostbitten and too exhausted to go any further. His team at home in Greece has just reported that he will spend the night there and proceed to Base Camp tomorrow. Yesterday, he decided to turn back from Camp 3 with badly frostbitten toes, “possible 3rd degree,” he estimated — the worst kind.

In the high mountains, no news is often not good news. The only functioning tracker, belonging to Colin O’Brady, hit Base Camp hours ago, but the American has not yet updated with any news. Nor has his climbing partner, Jon Kedrowski, until now a source of regular updates. Nor has expedition leader Dawa Sherpa offered any consoling news about his clients’ and Sherpas’ whereabouts and condition.

The weather is still good, but gale-force winds are expected to begin tomorrow, making further progress even harder and nullifying any helicopter evacuations.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Paul
Paul
8 months ago

Are you serious??? no news is often not good news?? In high mountains is often very hard to verify any information so no news mean exactly no news and nothing more. Do not make stupid speculations about ‘not good news’…
we just simply have to wait, technology often stop working after few days in freezing cold so there could be no communication.
Btw, on Tamara IG is reported that she got down to ABC.

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Sheikh
Sheikh
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Add to that the fact that we received the update from Sajid 4 hrs ago after he had started his descent roughly 12 hrs ago (10am PKT) from the Bottle Neck. If it took Sajid around 8 hrs to get back to C3 from the Bottle Neck and then report in, then 4 hrs is still not too long for the three to summit from the Bottle Neck and then descend all the way back to C3 before reporting in.

I’m just hoping they are safe and sound.

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Tereza
Tereza
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Hi Paul,
I get your point but there is no need to use this tone.
I’ve been enjoying Angela’s articles and I’m grateful for the coverage. Thank you!

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Sheikh
Sheikh
8 months ago
Reply to  Tereza

Not condoning it but think it’s just the tense time and worry getting the better of us.

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Paul
Paul
8 months ago
Reply to  Tereza

I worry about them as well and it is obvious that the situation is hard over there but it not mean that we should do some speculations about “not good news’…
I’m grateful for the coverage as well and enjoy reading it, but doing some speculations is OK for a tabloid not for a proper mountain/explorers news website.

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Cristian Laudoniu
Cristian Laudoniu
8 months ago

According to the former post on explorersweb/ K2 “K2: Away They Go…But Lunger Descending – “ the climbers are beginning from Camp 3, at 7,300m. “ and “John Snorri and the Sadparas reached the spot after 6 pm today, so they have made at most a couple of hours’ rest.” So, to understand , Snorri team climbed thursday 4.02.2021 from 8 am starting at camp 2/6700 m to 7300 m ( camp 3 ) for 10 hours (8 am to 8 pm) at a pace of 60 m per hour ?. All given are Pakistan times.( PT) Then maybe rested… Read more »

Mikel Echeverria
8 months ago

Some pakistani media are reporting that Sadpara has reached the summit

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Paul
Paul
8 months ago

All fake news :/
this is the only official source of info in Pakistan:
https://twitter.com/ali_sadpara

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Mikel Echeverria
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

We still have to wait to official confirmation. Thank you for the link.

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Walid Hamadeh
Walid Hamadeh
8 months ago

Being part of this platform, I cannot but emphasize how I am loving and enjoying not only Angela’s constant updates, but, also the comments that follows. I look so forward to the back and forth because it shows interest in the subject matter and how we all differ in our views when we read the words and analyze them. “NO NEW IS OFTEN NOT GOOD NEWS” / “NO NEWS MEAN RXACTLY NONEWS”… No news means, to me, lets wait and see.

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Naveed
Naveed
8 months ago

Its sooo long time since we last heard of them. Sajid got to C3 more than 24 hrs ago and when he contacted he told that the others were at bottleneck… it doesnt take more than 4 hours to summit from there. No possibility of them having a party in the death zone…may Allah bring them back …safe and happy

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