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Climate Change and Mountain Risk

This summer, the heart of the Karakorum was not as frozen as one should have expected. Climbers on Gasherbrum II found that the route from Base Camp to Camp 1, over nearly flat glacier terrain, had become a slush bowl. Don Bowie said that he had never seen the glacier in such a condition. “The crevasses were really bad,” he said. Even at night, the temperature didn’t drop enough to let the slush freeze up again. The result was tricky terrain and avalanches at any time of day. Sergi Mingote, who had summited earlier in the summer, revealed to ExplorersWeb that he had a scary fall in a crevasse on the way to Camp 1. Just days before, on K2, soft, unstable snow above the Bottleneck thwarted the first big summit push.   This phenomenon, which so affected the climbing…

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Originally posted 2019-09-19 03:37:34.

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