American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Pakistan, K2 Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1992

K2 Attempt. Our expedition was composed of Bernd Arnold, Roland Mattie, Thomas Mügge, Steffen Otto, Dr. Walter Treibel, Thomas Türpe, and me as leader. We attempted the Abruzzi Ridge after arriving at Base Camp on May 23. The weather was bad in the whole Karakoram from May to July. Of the 58 days we had after getting to Base Camp, there were only 15 days of good weather. We reached the shoulder of K2 first on June 15 and left supplies for a later summit attempt. We were back on the shoulder on July 7 but had to leave immediately because the large amount of snow made avalanche danger too great. The mountain never gave us a chance.

Sigi Hupfauer, Deutscher Alpenverein

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