Bremont caught up with Jake Meyer in the Bremont Boutique now that he has returned safely from K2. Tune in to the below video and hear how his gripping challenge returning to K2 panned out.
BLOG #44: IT’S ALL OVER.
Day 45: Basecamp 5000m
As the eternal optimist, I’ve spent the last 44 days (or should that be 7 years) daydreaming of what it would be like to stand on the summit of K2 and everything that would come from that. I certainly haven’t been dreaming about writing a message like this. Up until this point, it’s been like having that ticket for last night’s lottery draw in your back pocket, that you haven’t checked yet. Up until you check it, there is still every possibility that you’ve won the jackpot and you dream about what you’d do with the millions. Well we’ve finally checked our ticket, and we haven’t got one number. Not even a bonus ball. No jackpot for us on K2 this year.
The avalanche which destroyed C3 (7,300m) on the 22nd July has caused such ripple effects throughout all teams that unfortunately our position to continue our expedition has become untenable. A reported $200,000 worth of oxygen (mainly belonging to the 3 largest teams on the mountain) was lost in the avalanche, as well as much personal gear (mainly of the Sherpas), and fixing rope for the final summit push. As a result of this, the main teams (7 Summits, K&P and Madison) immediately decided to call off their expeditions and call porters in order to exit BC. A number of smaller teams who whilst they may not have lost kit, but were treating this current summit window as their only chance, have also called it a day.
Whilst as a team of experienced mountaineers, we are keen to head back up the mountain, in order to push as high as we possibly (and safely) can (even if the summit is unattainable), we are also conscious that to do so without any integral experience of the upper slopes of the mountain and the route, would invite unnecessary risk. Whilst mountaineering (and K2 especially) is a risky pursuit, we are conscious of our friends and family, who want to see us back home in one piece. No summit is worth even the tip of a little finger.
AVALANCHE HITS C3
"C3, which we’d set up about ten days previously with around twelve to fifteen tents was nowhere to be seen. Instead there was a thick layer of avalanche debris, and absolutely nothing to indicate that there had ever been a camp here. No tents, no ripped material, no oxygen cylinders, nothing. Just a group of around 10 Sherpas sitting dejected in the snow, with their heavy packs shed wantonly at their feet. A few of them were taking photos and videos, as if to prove that C3 was no more."
JAKES TRUSTED TIMEPIECE OF CHOICE FOR K2
Jake tested his Bremont MBII beyond endurance during his adventure and will no doubt put it through its paces in the near future
Tested and designed in conjunction with the iconic British aviation company ‘Martin-Baker’, the MBII White offers a fresh and striking new look providing further choice to the classic collection. The new model features the distinctive knurled effect on the aluminium barrel inspired by components on the ejection seats themselves and is available in orange, blue, green and anthracite. Equally the yellow and black loop at the end of the second hand is a direct reference to the ejection pull handle.