K2 Expedition: 3 mountaineers reach K2 camp-1

ISLAMABAD: Three climbers of the Pakistan K2 Expedition successfully reached the K2 mountain Camp-1 at 6,100 meters on Tuesday, despite heavy snowfall on Monday night, said Munir Ahmed, the spokesperson of the K2 Expedition and the communication consultant with the Ev-K2-CNR.He said this while updating the media from the EV-K2-CNR Islamabad office. He said, "The daring mountaineers include the climbing lead Hassan Jan, Ali Rozi and Muhammad Hassan, who made it to the K2 Camp-1 very briskly despite heavy snowfall last night. They also fixed ropes along the mountaineering route, Abruzi Spur, which was used by the Italian expedition 60 years back, and said to be the most difficult one. Our mountaineers are using the same route to celebrate the first ascent."Ahmed said, "The technical operations head of the Pakistan K2 Expedition, Maurizio Gallo, an Italian expert mountaineer and trainer, while talking to the Islamabad office by a satellite phone termed the Pakistani mountaineers very strong and skilful in climbing even when there is a metre high snow. Maurizio said that the Pakistani mountaineers are strong, brave, and courageous enough to meet the challenges while rediscovering the almost abandoned route Abruzi Spur at the abode of snow, the 2nd highest mountain in the world. Usually, the mountaineers need to be acclimatised in a week or two, but for the Pakistani mountaineers, the K2 abode of snow seems to be there home."He said that the other five climbers of the Pakistan K2 Expedition would spend night at the K2 advance base camp (K2 ABC). Most of the necessary goods, equipments, and food have been shifted to the base camp, he added. The Pakistan K2 Expedition is the first-ever all-Pakistani mountaineers venture endorsed and supported by the Gilgit-Baltistan government. As many as eight mountaineers from Gilgit-Baltistan have been sponsored by the Italian organisation Ev-K2-CNR to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of K2 by an Italian expedition on July 31, 1954. The Pakistani team started their journey on June 14, and reached the K2 base camp last Saturday. 

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