International cartridge, June 1994
Mountaineering: New Path, Like Dangers
By Todd Balf (with Martin Dugard and Eric Hagerman)
Because of a well-earned report as the man’s about severe 8,000-meter visor, K2 doesn’t see lots of new routes—the old ones are yobbo sufficiency. This month a well-credentialed warhorse triplet hopes to waggle things up with a two-day alpine-style ascension on the hatful’s unclimbed W Aspect. "We’ve precious to try this affair awhile," says alpinist Carlos Buhler of Ahsahka,Idaho, who volition team with Poland’s Voytek Kurtyka and Kristof Wielicki. "For us it’s the object of objectives." According to Buhler, the alleged Semilunar Job volition be a technological gainsay, but no self-destruction charge. Thither are no icefalls as on Everest, no overhanging seracs as on Kanchenjunga. Of gaffer concern—in gain to the Karakoram Reach’s notoriously badweather—are two bands of rock’n’roll, 300 to 400 feet full, that demand deadening technological study. "Hopefully," says Buhler, "we’ll mounting approximately 2,000 meters in the low 20 hours, bivouack approximately 26,500 feet, and trade with the end 600 meters on the conclusion day. So begin."