Base Camp, Pakistan – After arriving in Islamabad on 30 May, Fredrik Ericsson
and Trey Cook were told of unusually deep snow conditions on the Baltoro
glacier. The team changed their plan and decided to approach the peak via the
Gondoro-la with an attempt on Laila Peak which would enable them to
acclimatize and allow the deep snow to consolidate.
Ericsson and Cook travelled from Islamabad to Hushe via Skardu where the trek
into Laila Peak base camp began. As reported the team found the deepest snow
in the Gondogoro valley in at least 15 years. The team attempted a ski descent
of Laila Peak but were turned back 300 meters from the summit by deep,
unstable snow. However, Ericsson did enjoy a 1000 vertical meter descent on
Laila’s pristine, 45-degree northwest face.
Following their attempt to ski Laila Peak, Ericsson and Cook and 18 porters
took three days to cross the Gondogoro-la pass, swing through Concordia and
arrive at K2 base camp.
team reports that conditions on K2 are favorable and will be heading up the
Cesen Route tomorrow to Camp 1 for an early round of acclimatizion and to
scope the route.
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