Two Bodies Found on K2: One May Be John Snorri

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Update July 26, 2:49 PM: A third body has been found on K2 and it is thus exceedingly likely the two unidentified bodies belong to John Snorri Sigurjónsson and Juan Pablo Mohr.

The remains of two climbers have been found on K2, ExplorersWeb reports. One of the bodies has been identified as Ali Sadpara, and the other is believed to be his expedition companion, Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson. The two were last heard from on February 5 some 400 metres from the top of the mountain, which is Earth’s second-highest after Mt. Everest. Search and rescue teams were unsuccessful in finding the men.

A Sherpa team found the remains of two climbers on the mountain earlier today. One was identified as Pakistani climber Ali Sadpara while the other was face down and covered in ice, making it difficult to identify. The body was dressed in a yellow and black suit: both John Snorri and Chilean Juan Pablo Mohr were wearing those colours when they were last seen heading up the mountain. However, an ExplorersWeb source stated that the Sherpa team believed the body was John Snorri’s.

At 8,611m [28,251ft], K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth and is considered a much more challenging climb than Mt. Everest. 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 in January 2021.

Last February, John Snorri was making his second attempt to ascend K2 in winter when he and his expedition lost contact with base camp. There has been speculation that John Snorri and Ali did in fact reach the summit of K2 after they lost contact on February 5 and landed in trouble on their way back down the mountain.

Three Icelanders Summit Everest

Bjarni Ármannsson, Leif­ur Örn Svavars­son, and Lýður Guðmunds­son reached the top of Nepal’s Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, on Thursday. reports that Bjarni arrived in the morning, while the other two Icelanders arrived in the evening. As of today, then, nine Icelanders have now accomplished this feat.

This is the second time that Leif­ur Örn has summited Everest. He previously did so in 2013, when he took the North Route to the top of the mountain, which is considered more difficult. He is the only Icelander to have ever completed that route and is also the only Icelander to have ever climbed the mountain twice.

Lýður is the third Icelander to complete what is known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which involves the climber reaching the top of the highest mountain on every continent, as well as reaching the North and South Poles. Only two other Icelanders have completed the Grand Slam: Lýður’s Everest-summiting comrade Leifur Örn, and Haraldur Örn Ólafsson.

Bjarni is the former CEO of Glitnir Bank and the current CEO of Iceland Seafood.

A picture showing the summit at the time of Bjarni’s arrival was published on the Facebook page Mount Everest 8848M. “Mt Everest witnessed a traffic jam near the balcony area after more than 200 climbers attempted to reach the summit point this morning,” read the caption.

Björn Ólafsson, Einar K. Stefánsson, and Hallgrímur Magnússon became the first Icelanders to reach the top of Mt. Everest on May 21, 1997. After that, Haraldur Örn Ólafsson reached the summit on May 16, 2002. Ingólfur Geir Gissurarson reached the peak on May 21, 2013 at the age of fifty; Leifur Örn Svavarsson reached the summit (his first time) two days later. Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir became the first Icelandic woman to summit Everest on May 21, 2017.