Hope Dwindles for Mountaineer John Snorri’s Safe Return

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Icelandic mountain climber John Snorri Sigurjónsson remains missing after attempting to summit K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, last week. Rescue crews and climbers have stated it is unlikely that John Snorri and his two companions are still alive as conditions on the mountain are extremely cold and difficult. John Snorri’s wife Lína Móey Bjarnadóttir stated she still hopes for a miracle and her husband’s safe return.

John Snorri is accompanied by Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara as well as Chilean climber Juan Pablo Mohr. The three lost contact with base camp last Friday when they were some 400 metres from the peak. Ali’s son Sajid Sadpara, who accompanied the team up to 8,200 metres before turning back due to a malfunction in his oxygen tank, has participated in the search for the team, which has involved several helicopter trips and assistance from the Pakistani Army. Sadpara has stated it is unlikely his father and the others are still alive.

John Snorri’s Wife Holds Out Hope

In a post on her Facebook page yesterday, John Snorri’s wife Lína Móey Bjarnadóttir stated she still has hope that her husband will return home safely. “I have not given up and know that there is still room for a miracle because the week is not over, his camp will stay open until Saturday. Those who know John Snorri Sigurðsson know what strength he has and I hope that more people out there will give me the wind beneath my wings to try until we’ve tried everything.”

At 8,611m (28,251ft), K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth and is considered a much more challenging climb than Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak. In 2017, John Snorri became the first Icelander to top the mountain, which is located on the China-Pakistan border. He then set his sights on being the first person ever to ascend the peak during winter but was beaten to that goal by a team of Nepalese mountaineers last month. This is John Snorri’s second attempt to ascend K2 in winter.

The search for the team continues, though according to a press release weather conditions have made it “almost impossible.”

No Traces of Icelandic Mountaineer on K2

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Several helicopter missions have failed to find any traces of Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri and his team, who have not been heard from for over three days after setting out to reach the summit of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. Sherpa Chhang Dawa, who took part in the search, stated that teams flew over an altitude of 7,000m (23,000ft) but found no clues as to what has happened to the missing climbers.

At 8,611m (28,251ft), K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth and is considered a much more challenging climb than Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak. In 2017, John Snorri became the first Icelander to top K2, which is located on the China-Pakistan border. He then set his sights on being the first person ever to ascend the peak during winter but was beaten to that goal by Nepalese mountaineer Mingma Gyalje last month. This is John Snorri’s second attempt to ascend K2 in winter.

John Snorri is accompanied by Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara as well as Chilean climber Juan Pablo Mohr. The three lost contact with base camp late last Friday when they were some 400 metres from the peak. The search for the team began on Saturday. Ali’s son Sajid Sadpara, who accompanied the team up to 8,200 metres, stated he believes the team reached the peak and likely had an accident on the way back down.

John Snorri Arrived At K2 Base Camps, Tents “Exploded”

Mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson has reached the K2 base camp and is continuing his attempt to be the first to complete a K2 winter expedition, despite stormy weather and below -20°c (-4°F) weather.

John Snorri arrived at the K2 base camp on December 5 after a 6-day trek over Baltoro glacier. At 63km (39miles), Baltoro glacier is the world’s longest glacier. On arrival, the weather was windy and temperatures below -20°C. The camp is at an altitude of 4,900m (16.076ft)above sea level and while Snorri expected his team to be acclimatised after two days, stormy weather last night made things difficult for the team. John Snorri posted on Facebook: “The weather was crazy last night and some of our tents and kitchen tent exploded.” Never discouraged, John Snorri and his team, spent the day repairing the tents in a better location to be prepared for the next storm. They will be spending the next months in the camp before attempting to climb the K2 peak.

K2 is the only one out of the world’s 14 mountains above 8,000 m that people haven’t climbed in winter. John Snorri became the first Icelander to top K2 in 2017 but this is his second attempt at a winter expedition after he had to turn back last year.

 

 

John Snorri Makes Second Attempt At a Winter Ascent of K2

“Finally, this day has come,” mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson posted on Facebook yesterday. He was on his way to Islamabad, about to embark on his second attempt to climb K2 in Pakistan during winter. If he succeeds, he will be the first person to climb the mountain in winter.

In his post, John Snorri stated that he got his permit August 17 and that his gear is already at K2 base camp. He organised the journey with a group of people, including a father-and-son team of high-altitude porters, Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his son Sajid Ali. The team also includes a liaison officer, a chef, weather forecaster and a tour operator who handles logistics.


John Snorri made his first attempt last winter but was forced to cancel when two members of his team expressed that they did not feel fully prepared for the expedition. K2 is the second-highest mountain on earth at 8,611m (28,251 ft) and is considered a much more challenging climb than mt. Everest. John Snorri first reached the peak of K2 in the summer of 2017, but no one has reached the peak in winter. The first successful expedition was in 1954, but only 367 people have ascended the mountain since then, and attempts at winter expedition have all been unsuccessful. Over 80 people have died attempting to reach the peak of K2.