In a big kick-off push, the K2 team climbed from base camp (4990m) to Camp 2 (6325m) on the Česen route today. A steady, steep climb of over 9 hours positioned them very well for moving to Camp 3 (~7000m) tomorrow. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, has this update:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the K2 climbing team. Today is July 16th and we have started our summit push. We left base camp at 3:00 AM today and climbed up the Česen route to Camp 2, a gain of about 4,400 vertical feet or 1330m. Everyone did really good today on the way up and we had nice weather, great views. And we are looking forward to another nice day climbing up to Camp 3 tomorrow.