Russians Conquer K2´s West Face

by Dougald MacDonald A Russian expedition has completed the 8,500-foot-high West Face of K2 after more than 10 weeks of effort. Andrew Mariev and Vadim Popovich reached the top of the 28,251-foot (8611m) peak at around 1 p.m. on August 21. Several other climbers are in high camps and may make their own possible summit bids. The Russians fixed ropes up most of the unclimbed West Face, establishing seven camps on the wall, including two camps above 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). Although team members spent many nights in the ?Death Zone? during numerous forays up and down the peak, they did not use supplemental oxygen. Read the full report by Dougald MacDonald at ( Source: Climbing magazine )