41 years, Australia
This article first appeared on Explorersweb.com. The original can be read here.
Options decrease for winter teams with every day that passes and every fresh load of snow that deposits on the steep slopes. Manaslu climbers Simone Moro and Pemba Gelje should be back to Kathmandu by now. Only the two teams on K2 are going ahead, one beside the other, but not working together for now.
Pivtsov’s team is back in BC after setting up Camp 2 at 6,800m. The descent took all day yesterday, without eating or drinking. Today, they are recovering, making repairs and preparing for their third push up the mountain.
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