Winter K2 Summmit Push Aborted

We are awaiting further details but can confirm that there was no summit push on K2 last night. Grace Tseng and the Dolma Outdoor team are descending.

On Everest, Jost Kobusch has also delayed his last push up the West Ridge. The German climber reached Camp 3, at 6,450m on the West Shoulder, two days ago. He had planned to climb higher last night. At the last minute, he changed his plans.

Photographer Daniel Hug, who is waiting for Kobusch at the base of the mountain, explained that Kobusch has “strategically moved the ascent to February 28.” It is not clear whether he intends to remain in Camp 3 in the meantime.

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Eric
Eric
2 months ago

« Breaking »… as if it were unexpected from a climber using Instagram filters 😂

Marius
Marius
2 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Ah yes, Instagram filters = bad climber. Go to K2 winter and reach the same altitude as her. Should be easy as you’re a superior non filter using climber

Ron
Ron
2 months ago
Reply to  Marius

I have to say she’s the only 8000 instawhore I have full respect for, at the same level as alpinists.
Obviously one doesn’t admire her climbing skills, but I admire her mental and biological strength to simply plan and do this alone, straight from nothing. It is exceptional by any measure.
Unlike many climbers and instawhores, she didnt even grow up climbing with parents/mentors or live next to a mountain range. She is not a professional athlete either.
In this context, that is without those advantages others have, she is amazing.

Last edited 2 months ago by Ron
Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Except for your use of “instawhore”, which I find offensive, that is a very fair comment.

Peter Flynn
Peter Flynn
2 months ago
Reply to  Marius

I could if I had her wealth and a small army of sherpas to virtually carry me up.

Ron
Ron
2 months ago
Reply to  Peter Flynn

So what have you done mountaineering wise?

The only picture here of her on the mountain shows her carrying a large load. That alone shows you are just another clueless armchair purist with the same tired cliches.
https://explorersweb.com/snowmageddon-time-running-out-for-winter-teams/

Peter Flynn
Peter Flynn
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Stop white knighting/simping. I have climbed way more technical climbs then Ms money bags here.

Ron
Ron
2 months ago
Reply to  Peter Flynn

“I have climbed way more technical climbs then Ms money bags here.”

Thanks for the laugh.

Got to love these boards, a random with some “technical climbs” no one cares about thinks he can do the same thing.

Peter Flynn
Peter Flynn
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron

She is sitting beside some gear, certainly not carrying a large load.

MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron

For the record, where is the photo of her carrying a large load? It is not in the article you linked. That article shows a sherpa carrying a large load; Grace is sitting in that photo and it’s not possible to tell what is on her back.

Marie
Marie
2 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Well, at least she does not anonymously bitch about other people out of spite and envy.

Apy
Apy
2 months ago

Other breaking. Gelje has started climbing again

Rodrigo
Rodrigo
2 months ago

Things fall of their own weight she was not prepared for the K2.

Stelios
Stelios
2 months ago

In my opinion, she realized she wasn’t ready for K2. It is a beast of a mountain, even for an expert climber, especially in the winter. Last year 5 expert climbers perished there. The rest of the team was strong but they were hired to help her to reach the summit. If she couldn’t make it, there is no reason for the others to risk their lives for a summit push. The winds aren’t strong enough for an attempt, for a strong climber.

Mountain Lover
Mountain Lover
2 months ago

Not sure why there are negative comments about her. She is a capable climber or would have not climbed the other 5 8000’ers. Why be spiteful towards her as she is only trying to accomplish her goals. She has resources to employ Sherpas in her mission. She never claimed to be an accomplished Alpinist. I think she can do K2 winter. Getting up to C3 is no small feat. They made the right decision to turn-around due to high winds. She and her team barely had enough time to even acclimatize as they got to Karakoram not too long ago… Read more »

Mountain Lover
Mountain Lover
2 months ago
Reply to  Mountain Lover

Instead of down voting, could you post your comment as well?

Praeriepanther
Praeriepanther
1 month ago
Reply to  Mountain Lover

A capable climber doesn’t need a guide. Nor 5 guides. End of story. That was a brave try from her though. But having the financial resources does not make you a climber. Having the knowledge and capabilities does. She never claimed to be an accompished alpinist but she did claim to be the first woman to reach Kanchenjunga in autumn and wanted to be the first woman to summit K2 in winter. With those labels she clearly compares herself to “real” alpinists, respected climbers who achieved what they achieved based on their own knowledge and not relying on guides. The… Read more »

MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
2 months ago

On the plus side, she is tough. Very. And she brings employment to sherpas who need it. And she goes at a time of year when she is not slowing or clogging up the route for other climbers. On the negative side, she is still a tourist. A masochistic tourist, a very tough tourist, but a tourist. The truth is, it is not her expedition except by money. If we are going to discuss this effort, it should be as a sherpa expedition sponsored by a client who is along as a burden for, not a contributor to, the climbing… Read more »

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  MuddyBoots

I don’t understand this use of the word “tourist”. The fact is — even on oxygen a climber burns up to 10k calories on a summit day. That’s the equivalent of 3 marathons — I hate the use of the word tourist. Tourist implies anyone can do it. For a community that claims to be “inclusive” the mountaineering community sure can be snotty. How about using the phrase “heavily supported climber” which she is. She is literally climbing.

MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Where do you get the idea that the community claims to be “inclusive”? Certainly not inclusive when it comes to earning the title “mountaineer” or the even more exclusive title “alpinist”. I am using the word “tourist” as Messner uses it; and he makes a clear distinction. A “tourist” is a person who cannot climb alone or as a fully contributing member of a team. A tourist depends on sherpas to pick and set the route and the camps, and to carry loads of gear up and down the mountain. That is all done by sherpas before Tseng sets foot… Read more »

Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
2 months ago
Reply to  MuddyBoots

Messner is not known for politeness. “Tourist” is rude. Call her a commercial climber, which is what she is. Most climbers in the 8000ers are commercial climbers. Only a very few people could climb those mountains without the support commercial teams provide. It is still very, very hard. I respect all of you who do it, whether you are heavily supported or not.

B G
B G
2 months ago
Reply to  Lenore Jones

Industrial climber. It’s a web of industries that get climbers like this up and down mountains. Almost all 8000m trips have a commercial element no matter how alpine style they may be because they all have commercial elements for the logistics and organization.
Anything with oxy especially is industrial.

Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
2 months ago
Reply to  B G

That’s not bad. Sure. Either one is a lot less insulting than tourist.

B G
B G
2 months ago
Reply to  Lenore Jones

Yes tourist doesn’t work. A BC trek is tourism, maybe one of those ‘flash’ trips, but 6 weeks effort is a bit more than that.

B G
B G
2 months ago

I think it’s great. Hope she gets down safely.
K2 has been a trade route for years now 99% of the time, it was always going to go this way. Good on Grace for giving it a go.
What’s next from her I want to know.