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  Gerfried Goschl 8000plus K2 Expedition, 2011: On the shoulder


On the "shoulder" (7800m)

After hours of waiting, the redemptive message came at 16.30 clock (EST) via satellite phone:
Gerfried and his team are doing well. They could reach after 10 hours of "hard work" to a height of 7800m.


All other climbers have had to set up camp below, they are exhausted, according to Gerfried still the key point "shoulder" to climb. Therefore, the entire track was caught working on Kilian Volken, its high carrier Nisar, Alex Txikon and Gerfried.

"I'm getting out of a rope tearing my fingers hurt, my clothes are wet and covered in blood. But it is not so bad. We have now set up the tent and snow melt, then I'll call again, "says Gerfried first words.
The Quartet will meet today to consider more about how to proceed. It may well be that they were reasting tomorrow and Saturday before climbing
towards the summit.

Earlier: Since clock 11.43 (CET), the expedition is in their next camp at 7100m altitude. 6.5 hours the climbers needed for its present stage.
"We're all very good, we're still very confident," says Gerfried. "The weather is good, the snow conditions vary depending on difficulty. Time traces, we had knee deep, then we could move faster in ankle-deep snow. Some of the new snow had fallen in the previous week has thankfully blown by the wind. "

Tomorrow, the climbers, the so-called "shoulder" to reach the K2 7800m. Currently the team is busy all day and prepare for the H Orig return them to the lost fluid. It is eager snow melted and tries to supply as much energy in the form of food, how it is possible at this altitude.

All the best and continue toi, toi, toi
...

 

Earlier: Gerfried reports 15 climbers on K2: All (most) and starting up with goal to summit on Friday via cesen route. Gerfried and Alex Txikon are at Camp 2. Stay Tunes

Earlier:

Expedition G1-K2
 
Kilian Volken, stating all climbers, including two high altitude porters have now reached the summit of Gasherbrum 2: Hans Wenzl, Dr.Stefan Zechmann, Karl Leitner, Louis Rousseau, Justin Dube Fahmy, Norbert Linz, Alex Txikon, Kilian Volken and Willy Imstepf. The two high altitude porters and Nisar Kazim accompanied the troops. The latter was able to climb Gasherbrum for the fourth time.
(Specify Gerfried Göschl)
 
Meanwhile, Gerfried prepares tomorrow's ascent of the route Basque (= Cesenroute) before. Together with four other climbers, he broke early on at 02.00 clock in order to bring as many fixed ropes to Camp 3 at a height of about 7100m. For two days she will be traveling on Monday and hopefully healthy and happy to be back at base camp.
 
Gerfried is very proud and pleased with the other mountaineer. "18 out of 25 climbers, who could at least reach a peak, which is a sensational success!"
 

Earlier:

First pictures of the G1 peak / peak victories and the G2 / New bailout
 
Last Wednesday we celebrated a great team success. The following participants were reached on 13 July in that order 10:45 to 13:00 clock the summit of Gasherbrum 1 (8080m):
Hans Wenzl (AUT)
Jose Carlos Tamayo (ESP)
Gerfried Göschl (AUT)
Juanra Madariaga (ESP)
Günther Unterberger (AUT)
Zechmann Stefan (AUT)
Txikon Alex (ESP) (claims to)
Rick Allen (GB)
Only by a perfect cooperation of all concerned, it was possible, the G1 at such a difficult and dangerous conditions to climb. On summit is emphasize even more the outstanding work of Hans Wenzl track. Unbelievable how he almost uncatchable in waist-deep snow. After only seven and a half hours, he reached the summit.
Unfortunately, our friend had to give up to just under 7900m Louis Rousseau, too, the track and in the Japanese Couloir Fixierarbeit had on 12 July his forces worked. He did not want to spend even more can still safely descend the steep wall. These are some pictures you find in the gallery.
 
Great is also our joy over the successful ascent of Gasherbrum 2 (8034m) yesterday, Thursday, 14 July. In very deep snow and changing weather conditions could provide the following participants for incredible power and reach the summit:
Elio Schijlen (NL)
Harrer Otto (AUT)
Hubert Leitner (AUT)
Toni Rumpl (AUT)
 
Unfortunately, all successes are still overshadowed by a new bailout. Our participants Marc-Andre Beliveau (CAN) revealed today in the morning in camp 3 (6900m) at the G2 serious symptoms of altitude sickness. Fortunately, he is looked after by our team perfectly G2. After a primary care his health condition is currently stable and the whole team is already in the vicinity of Camp 1 (5900m). Meanwhile he is also supplied with emergency oxygen and set up an emergency field hospital in Camp 1. Louis and Alex, despite the best efforts of recent days with one of our chefs, Ali Naqi, with additional oxygen bottles and medicines on their way to Camp 1 to aid the rescue team today. Louis will be assessed after meeting with the victims of the situation and teach me about how to proceed. Depending on whether I'll even tonight or tomorrow early rise in the morning with another rescue team to support the further descent of G2 and settle our team in their dedicated work.
Please let us keep our fingers crossed that everything works out!!
 
Gerfried

Earlier:

After a brief phone conversation with Gerfried morning he told me that all the climbers arrive at Camp 2 at 6350m. The ascent from the base camp was exhausting, accompanied by snow and took about 8 hours. As announced by Dr. Karl Gabl, the weather is better now and should allow progress. Tomorrow will take the troops by the Japanese Colouir, certainly the key point of the G1, to camp 3 at 7050m. It will be exciting!

Earlier:

Last week we completed the second acclimatization. All participants slept for two nights at camp 1 (5900m). At G2 could be increased up to about 6200m due to avalanche danger. On the G1, we opened three cliques (Louis Guenther, Gerfried; Alex, Juanra, Tamayo, Hans, Stefan, Rick) establish a safe and very direct route through the Icefall to Gasherbrum La and have our second camp (6350m).
Today, all G2 participants to camp 1 have risen. The G1 group was supposed to direct early morning climb to camp 2.
 
At 07.00 clock us an emergency, the Swiss group Kobler reached by Ernst Marti. A Pakistani carrier of a Japanese group should be saved hard altitude sickness. The Japanese team was unable to help its wearer (!!!!). Luckily we had brought into the emergency oxygen bearing 1. The moment was now able to save the life of the carrier. Kobler The team organized the first shipment.
Immediately, Louis Rousseau and Jose Carlos Tamayo explained prepared with emergency medications and a rescue sled to break. I took on the task of coordinating the rescue operation. At 09:00 clock started our second rescue team on schedule compiled by Stefan MD Zechmann with six men in our group (Günther Unterberger, Hans Wenzl, Alex Txikon, Juanra Madariaga, Mario Vielmo and Silvano Forgiarini). Unfortunately for the time being no other team was willing to help. Thankfully, announced soon after a small Italian team (Nicola Campani, MD, Anna Lisa and her Pakistani Vioritti Koch) to ascend it. ALL other groups here at base camp and on the mountain, including many famous high-altitude climbers, refused any help or left it with lip service! Pakistani media was even forbidden to help stay fit for his team!
At 11:00 clock reached our van the victim to around 5500m and the highly sought Kobler team could be replaced. Louis began another emergency, stabilized the victim and together with four carriers and Tamayo, he could deny the further removal.

Soon after they met on our second rescue team, which had now joined forces with the Italians and our MD Stefan was able to examine the victim or provide.
At 13:00 clock we were able to organize another, much-needed emergency oxygen and send the Pakistani chef of the Japanese high. This would even prevent a participant of the first Japanese group?! In deteriorating weather, the now 16-strong rescue team climbed slowly up and down with great patience by the glacier. In the base camp we are building together with the doctor of the Pakistan Army, ASIP MD, an emergency hospital with a Gamov-bag and other emergency oxygen.

 

Finally arrived exhausted at 16:30 clock the whole team, but very happy, the base camp. The most important thing is successful, a person is able to return to his family. At a dinner in our camp, the entire action discussed and celebrated too.
With great pride I would like to thank to thank all participants in this bailout. These people is a life much more at heart than any selfish behavior. They do not look away like so many others. It may be retrospectively deny many, but everyone has known about the emergency!!
 
With warm regards from the Gasherbrum Base Camp
Gerfried Göschl

 

Unfortunately I was unable to send a technical problem not before an update.

Tonight it was the first snow. Approximately 10 cm cover our base camp, however, seems to reflect the sun hours already and it thaws. Unfortunately had to cancel Guido Pagani to personal and health reasons, he joined the expedition, and together with our accompanying trekkers the return journey. On Sunday 26 June began for us the first working day on the mountain. All 24 participants got into the common stock 1 for G1 (8080m) and G2 (8034m) on 5900m. We spent a first night and came back on Monday morning, tired but happy to base camp. Thus the first important step is done.

 Tuesday, was released together with our Pakistani team accompanying the entire base camp of old rubbish. We are also still and resting on Thursday 29 June, once again ascend to the second camp on Friday to G1 and G2 (approximately 6400m) to set up.
Saturday we want to return back to base camp.
 
With warm regards from the Gasherbrum Base Camp
Gerfried Göschl

Earlier:

 

In the base camp (5050m) 

The base camp of the big expedition has come completely furnished. Since the arrival on Thursday has been feverishly working on it together, it is as cozy as it is possible under the circumstances to make. Tomorrow Gerfried and Co. early use of the good weather to spend a first night on the mountain. Goes through a clever thing to break up the mountain glacier to camp 1 (5900m).  After returning on Monday, we expect a first detailed progress report. Also, the planned interview should work then. At this hour the climbers enjoy a well deserved lunch. After that, Gerfried, he gets a haircut from the barber

Earlier:

First news on 8000plus K2 Expedition 2011

Tomorrow, 12 June, it's that time again, I break for the next trip to Pakistan. This time I lead a 25 engineers international expedition to the eight thousand meter Gasherbrum 1 (8080m), Gasherbrum 2 (8034m) and K2 (8611m).
 
The participants of the 8000plus G1 - G2 - K2 Expedition 2011:
Austria: Gerfried Göschl (leader, 6), Günther Unterberger (2), Hans Wenzl (3), Dr. Stefan Zechmann, Otto Harrer (1), Hubert Leitner (1), Anton Rumpl, Karl Leitner (1)
Canada: Louis Rousseau (co-leader, 2), Justin Dubé-Fahmy, Sylvain Menard, Marc-André Béliveau
Germany: Norbert Linz (1)
Great Britain: Rick Allen (4)
Italy: Giuseppe Pompili (2), Adriano Dal Cin (3), Guido Pagani, Silvano Forgiarini, Mario Vielmo (8)
Netherlands: Elio Schijlen (1)
Spain: Alex Txikon (7), Jose Carlos Tamayo (4), Juanra Madariaga (4)
Switzerland: Kilian Volken (3), Willy Imstepf

In parentheses you will find the number of previously boarded 8000. You see, we are again a very experienced team.  I am delighted to be back with so many long-time mountaineers be on the way :-)
 
 My personal goal with my friends Günther Unterberger, Louis Rousseau and Alex Txikon, that I make again the ABC team to use the Gasherbrum 1 for acclimatization and prepare for the debate on K2 to climb a new route from the east wall .
 
 My big thanks goes out to my esteemed co-sponsors and partners, but also to Dr. Karl Gable (ZAMG Innsbruck) for the immensely important weather service, and to colleagues and my wife Heike Martin Göschl green forest. Martin and Heike will hold back the website up to date :-)  I wistfully say goodbye to my young daughters Hannah and Helena, they will leave me insane?
 
 I hope you follow our expedition and keep our fingers crossed!
  In the Annex, a farewell picture of my family!
  Yours sincerely
  Gerfried Göschl


 

 

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