K2 Diary 21/06/04: Yesterday we
arrived at Broad Peak Base Camp. The Base Camps have been established on a
central moraine scar on the Godwin-Austen Glacier near the start of the route.
The height of BC is 4825m so not far off the top of Mont Blanc.
The clouds have been hugging
close to K2 and Broad Peak and we appear to be level with the cloud base so we
can't see much the majority of the time. Although the cloud did lift
yesterday evening to reveal Broad Peak in all it's glory. We could see the
ridge line from camp 2, to were camp 3 will be positioned. We could also see
the col to which the final summit ridge is attained. It all looks a long way
away from down here.
K2 also revealed most of
itself, only the summit was in cloud, due to the strong winds hitting the
south face and blowing ice crystals up and over the summit to form a long
plume on the opposite side.
We stood for quite some time
looking at the route and pondering what it will be like to be up there, not
quite believing that we are now here in front of these two giants.
Last night we had a lot of
snow, thankfully today was a rest day. Again the clouds hang low and the snow
comes and goes. We have sorted through the barrel, checking tents etc.
We found the barrel with the
Peperami & the Branston Pickle in it, so we had a bit of side treat with our
dinner. The food has been excellent throughout the trip. However we did feel a
little bit guilty for the goat which had been walked all the way up to BC only
to meet it's demise in time for our tea last night !! It's nearly enough to
make you veggie. We have 2 chickens remaining from 12. They appear to be
seeking refuge under the table in the mess tent. I suspect they won't see the
22/06/04: We walked to K2
base camp to help us with acclimatisation, this got us to a height of 5000m.
Sunam, Perber & Ebrehiem went up to camp 1 with a carry of tents and then
cleared a platform ready for when we move up. There are a lot of teams
on both mountains and finding tent space is posing the biggest problem next to
23/06/04: Today's plan was
for us to go up to camp 1 and pitch the tents. Unfortunately there have been
very heavy snows. This has made the mountain very dangerous and avalanches
have coming down all around. Thankfully we can see them from the safety of our
24/06/04: The weather is
still bad. Apparently the worst weather in a long time. The forecast for the
next few days is more of the same. Dave arrived in camp at 2:00pm so the team
is now complete. However our neatly laid out mess tent now looks like a bomb
site with all of Dave's kit. The good news is the laptop is now fully up and
All we can do now is sit and
wait for the good weather and for the avalanches to subside. So lots of
drinking, eating, reading and Mickey taking of Dave due to the lack of views
he had on the walk in. We've already shown him what the Trango Towers look
like, which impressed him no end.
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