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Asia, Pakistan, K2, Attempt

K2 Attempt. Wojciech Kurtyka and I had hoped to climb a new route on the west side of K2. We got to the normal Base Camp at 5100 meters on May 26. The route to Advance Base at 6200 meters is very long and we had engaged two porters to help carry to it. They quit after two hours, leaving the job to us two. On June 4, we reconnoitered toward the foot of the face to 6400 meters but gave up because of avalanche danger and windslab. The weather was also unfavorable. On June 9, we abandoned the attempt.

Erhard Loretan, Club Alpin Suisse