Ski mountaineers Fredrik Ericsson and Trey Cook are in the midst of potentially making history, as the duo, who have been acclimatizing on K2, the world’s second tallest peak, are perhaps hours away from the first successful ski descent of the “savage mountain.”
As previously reported, the two climbers arrived at the K2 base camp on June 22, and have been making frequent trips up the mountain to various camps over the last month.
The Swedish skier Ericsson has already skied from just below Camp 2 to K2 base camp, about a 4,265 foot vertical stretch. As of July 25th Pakistan time, the equivalent of 12 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time, the two had made it to Camp 3, and today planned to trek their way to the 26,247-foot-high Camp 4.
Depending on the weather conditions, and their chances of success on the Abruzzi Route, there may be an attempt at pushing the summit today.
If Ericsson is successful, he will be the first man to ever ski down the nearly 11,811 foot descent from K2′s summit, and will be a third of the way through his goal to ski the three tallest peaks in the world.
This expedition marks Ericsson’s return to ski the pyramid-like Himalayan peak. Last summer’s attempt ended with the tragic death of his partner, Michele Fait of France, from injuries sustained in a fall in June 2009 while skiing K2′s Camp 2 on the south-southeast spur.
For more information on the climb, check out the blog at http://www.fredrikericsson.com/