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Fredrik Ericsson's Quest to Ski K2

Fredrik Ericsson's Quest to Ski K2

[ Mon, 2010-07-26 19:04 ]
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UPDATE: Remembering Frederik Ericsson: the 31-year-old mountaineer was killed Friday, August 6, during his attempt to summit and ski K2.

UPDATE (8.6.2010) During his attempt to summit and ski K2, the world’s second tallest mountain, 31-year-old mountaineer, Frederik Ericsson was killed around 7:30 a.m. Pakistani time on Friday, August 6.

Ericsson, Cook, and Geraldine Kaltenbrunner left Camp 4 around 1:30 a.m. to begin their journey to the summit of K2. Around 5:30 a.m. Cook decided to turn back, leaving Ericsson and Kaltenbrunner to attempt the summit by themselves. According to Kaltenbrunner, Ericsson was fixing rope to a rock and lost his footing between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. He was unable to stop his fall, and it was later confirmed that he fell around 3,281 feet, and did not survive.

His K2 summit was part of his mission to ski the world’s three tallest peaks. At the request of his parents Ericsson’s body will be left resting at about 22,966 feet.

Our condolences go out to all of Fredrik’s family and friends.

UPDATE (7.27.2010): Ericsson and Cook had to abandon their quest to ski from the summit of K2 down to base camp yesterday due to weather. They stopped short of Camp 4, at what Cook believed to be around 25,591 feet, and determined that the conditions were not favorable enough for their continued ascent. They arrived at about 8:00 P.M. Pakistan Time, giving them only two hours to make it to the shoulder by 10:00 P.M. That window was not enough time for them to rest, rehydrate, and be prepared for the summit ahead, so they headed back to base camp. The duo is still waiting to see if the weather will change, allowing them another chance to climb to the summit.

(7.26.2010) Fredrik Ericsson, a Swedish skier and mountaineer, has spent the summer working towards ascending K2 with partner Trey Cook. He wants to ski from the summit of the mountain, 28,255 feet—a little under five and a half miles high—back to base camp.

This trip will mark he beginning of his goal to “Ski The Big 3.” In two years, he wants to ski the world’s three highest mountains: Mount Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga, 29,035 feet, 28, 255 feet, and 28, 169 feet respectively, from summit to base camp.

Today, at least part of Ericsson’s dream may become a reality. The duo arrived at the K2 base camp for the first time on June 22, and has been making acclimatization trips up “The Savage Mountain” for the last month. Before today, Ericsson skied from just below Camp 2 to base camp, about a 4,265 foot stretch. As of July 25 Pakistan time, which is 11 hours ahead of Mountain Standard Time, they had made it to Camp 3, and were on their way to 26,247-foot-high Camp 4.

Ericsson climbed and skied Dhaulagiri, at 26,795 feet, in 2007, but K2 is about 1,312 meters higher—the second highest peak in the world.

If Ericsson is successful, he will be the first man to ever ski down the nearly-11,811 foot descent from the summit, and will be one-third finished with his mission to ski the three tallest peaks in the world.