K2: Base Camp Memorial Service
Below, Trey Cook's friend, David Schipper, relays information from Cook and the late Fredrik Ericsson's skiing expedition on K2.
This morning a memorial service was held for Fredrik at the Gilkey Memorial,just below basecamp.
Trey made it back to base camp after a dangerous and challenging descent.Though little has been published of the descent's difficulties I'm sureTrey's safe exit from the route came from the efforts of the competent andcommitted climbers around him. Thank you.
Stu from Field Touring Alpine has kept me up to speed on what is happeningaround basecamp. It is raining heavily in base camp and looks like it maycontinue for a while.
The trek out is about 60 miles (100K) along the Baltoro Glacier to a smallvillage named Askole. From there it is another 60 miles by jeep to the first'modern' town of Scardu. From there it is possible to get a flight toIslambad or take a two day bus ride along the Karakorum Highway. Groundtravel may be compromised by heavy rain, floods and road wash outs.