The first K2 expedition of 2018 has just kick started by Japanese climber Akira Oyabe and his team. According to the team, they have been preparing to climb K2, the second highest 8000er from last two years.
Earlier in 2009 and 2013, Oyabe tried to summit 8,611 meter of Karakoram Giant but couldn’t get off the mark as both times, bad weather halted his way to the top.
“But now we are back again, he said. “This time, we are roughly a week early, and we are the first team to arrive Pakistan to climb K2. We have time on our side and intend to make the best of any clear weather windows, and that increases our chances of success this year.”
Oyabe and another team member Takashi Higashiyama have an experience of climbing 8000er. Similarly, Takashi couldn’t get on the top due to an avalanche hit the camp 3 and abandoned the whole expedition five years ago. This time they reached a weak earlier and will be fixing ropes. The work is hard and difficult but sounds like more fun. Assistance of three Pakistani high altitude porters is also an added advantage.
According to the Secretary of Alpine Club, Pakistan, the Japanese expedition is lead by veteran climber Nazir Sabir’s tour company in Pakistan.
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