Friday, August 04, 2017

Summer Climbs 2017: Dreamer Destination Team Summits Broad Peak!

The long climbing season in the Karakoram extended a few extra days into this week as the Dreamers Destination squad made a successful summit on yet one more mountain. The team capped an extraordinary season by standing on top of Broad Peak earlier today, closing out what will go down as one of the most productive years in recent memory.

Dreamer Destinations owner and lead guide Mingma Gyalji Sherpa posted an update to his Facebook page a few hours back. That post simps read "We all are on Broad peak summit." In this case, that includes Mingma G himself, eight of his Sherpa guides, and Icelandic climber John Snorri Sigurjónsson. Last week, Sigurjónsson became the first person from his country to summit K2 as well.

There have been no further updates on the team's status since the post of the successful summits on Facebook. Presumably, the team is descending back to Camp 3 or 4 for a rest before dropping back to Base Camp. The weather forecast calls for favorable conditions, so hopefully they'll all get down safely. We should know more later today or tomorrow.

This final summit push on Broad Peak should close out the climbing season in the Karakoram. To my knowledge, there are no other teams still in the region, as most departed for home last weekend. It was a busy season with successful expeditions on all of the big peaks in the region, but it has also seen Dreamers Destinations rise to a prominent spot in the climbing community. This year alone, Mingma G has led teams to the summit not only of Broad Peak and K2, but also Makalu and Dhaulagiri, and almost to the top Nanga Parbat as well. That will certainly put his company in high demand moving forward.

I'll post an update on the team once they are down. From there, it should be a simple matter of trekking back out of the mountains and beginning the long journey home.

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