18th June 2010
The extreme skier Fredrick Ericsson aims to ski the 3 highest peaks on the planet. He was thwarted last year after a tragic accident on K2. Now he is back at the mountain for a further attempt.
He has been acclimatising in the area and along with his new partner, Trey Cook, is about to set off for K2 base camp.
Last winter his climbing partner, Michele Fait, died in an accident on the mountain.
Ericsson tells of the accident here.
The two men have been climbing, skiing and testing their equipment.
The two failed to reach the summit as they judged the conditions too dangerous.
As Trey says in the blog, it is always a difficult decision to turn back.
“When it comes to living the dream, high-alpine skiing can at times be more of a nightmare. But clearly, Ericsson’s track record proves not only his remarkable strength in the mountains but also his ability to listen to his gut and make the toughest call of all: the decision to turn back. But it is precisely that combination of sensing the ethereal, making a calculated decision and pulling the plug that keeps a person alive to climb another day.”
See below for some stunning photos so far of the attempt and we’ll keep you updated on their progress.