Call July 20

Hello everybody out there this is Geoff Schellens with John, we’re at Camp 3 on K2, we climbed the black pyramid today, John is engaging climbing which is challenging at times but good overall, we started using oxygen today at a low flow rate that helped us get...
The Mountain of Mountains: July 16th (Day 27)

The Mountain of Mountains: July 16th (Day 27)

Wow, so this is happening. It feels as if it was just yesterday that I was writing to you about gearing up for an assault on Everest and Lhotse. I vividly remember the fear and anxiety that was coursing through me as I typed out each word, unsure of what lay ahead....

On Deck: July 15 (Day 26)

As planned, I spent most of my rest day catching up on replying to comments and questions on the website, and personal emails. It took a ton of time because I have received an overwhelming amount, but it was great to finally get caught up. I was even planning on...
Home Sweet Home: July 12-14 (Days 23-25)

Home Sweet Home: July 12-14 (Days 23-25)

Mountaineering expeditions require a lot of hard work high on the mountain but rest days at basecamp are equally valuable. The general rule of thumb is that we spend an equal number of days low (Basecamp) as we did high (climbing), before returning to climbing. Due to...
A Trying Descent (Day 22)

A Trying Descent (Day 22)

Our plan failed out of the gate. We had tried to wake up early but with our tent getting hammered by wind, it was difficult to melt snow for water and boil it for breakfast. Geoff, one of the most proficient snow melters that I know, proceeded to spill the water out...

Rest Day @ Camp 2 (Day 21)

Our tent worked out great, despite our original skepticism, and allowed us another good night of sleep. Geoff and I spent the entire morning watching movies and editing pictures on my iPad. Garrett popped in our tent and we ended up chatting for about an hour,...