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K2 bound!

Ulrik Hasemann climbs to the Upper Torre glacier at sunrise, while the summits of Fitzroy, Poincenot and Saint-Exupery barely show. El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina.

Well, it’s now official: I will shortly be attempting to climb the second highest mountain in the world, K2, at 8611m. It’s a much harder (and more interesting) affair than Everest, as the route is steeper and more technical, the weather harsher and there are significant objective dangers. To date, there have been only about 340 summits, compared to Everest’s nearly 7,000!

I will be joining Madison Mountaineering‘s team as a high altitude cameraman and photographer, and will especially focus on Vanessa O’Brien, the current female speed record holder for completion of the Explorer Grand Slam (7 Summits + both Poles), and who will attempt to become the first American woman (and first British woman to make it back down alive) to summit the mountain. We leave next week and won’t be back before middle of August, but Base Camp should have an internet connection, so I will hopefully be able to share some images along the way.

It will be a very exciting and challenging new adventure, so soon after the North Pole, and I can’t wait!

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A few Mont Blanc adventures

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The previous couple of weeks have been somewhat calmer than usual, leaving me some time for personal projects and climbing. And since I have a very (very) high altitude expedition coming up soon, I took the opportunity to pre-acclimatize as best as I could, using our local hill, Mont Blanc. Various adventures were had, on ski, foot and paraglider, and though not all were successful, it sure was a lot of fun!

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