K2 Expedition – My first ascent to higher altitudes
We just got back from Camp 2 at 6'510 meters! The weather has been clear so Fred, Köbi and I decided to make the most of this perfect opportunity to attempt the steep but straight climb from our basecamp position at 5'600meters.. I still need to acclimitize more as I only arrived at basecamp on the 2nd of July but overall I'm very happy with my performance.
The new Mountain Hardwear equipment with the Petzl crampons and ice axe have been tested in severe conditioins and I'm very happy with their performance.
We spent a cold and windy night up at Camp 2 two nights ago but are the first to arrive there this year so we were able to choose where to place our tent – all very strategic due to windy emplacement of Camp 2.
We arrived safely to basecamp yesterday and are now taking a few days rest. The weather is once again turning for the worst with snow and high winds forecasted for tomorrow. We will take it easy and regain our strength for our next climb, to camp 3 in a few days time.
This is a big mountain and we will have to take it step by step.