A number of news sources are reporting that early on Sun., Aug. 21, Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson started up the north face of Ogre 2 above the Choktoi Glacier in northern Pakistan. They were aiming for a five day up and down push. The following day, their headlamps were spotted about halfway up the mountain. On Tuesday, a storm rolled in and has persisted.
The climbers have not been seen for over a week. On Sun., Aug. 28, family and friends initiated a search and rescue effort, assisted by local authorities and another climbing team on the Choktoi. That effort is ongoing, and we’ll post updates as more information becomes available. In the meantime, if you have contacts and/or resources that may be helpful contact Jonathan Thesenga at Jonathan.Thesenga@bdel.com. Dempster and Adamson had attempted Orge 2 before with bad fall ending their attempt, read about it here. Dempster and Adamson were in the Canadian Rockies this spring and climbed a number of routes, including Andromeda Strain.
Andromeda Strain….what a perfect route to push the bumble out of Kyle and I after a ten month hiatus. Most things came back fast, like the screaming barfies. Blows my mind that those boys put this up in 83. Oh and it got a solo ascent this year! @hyperlite_mountain_gear @rab.equipment @scarpana @gnarlynutrition @grivel @edelweissropes_usa @theboldandcold