After a what seemed like a disappointing turn of events on K2, Fredrik Sträng veers course and summits Broad Peak, salvaging some of his K2 2017 expedition.
Last Dispatch # 12 Fredrik Sträng K2 2017 | Broad Peak
UPDATE: Fredrik Sträng abandoned his claim on having submitted Broad Peak. According to photo evidence, he came to the conclusion that the peak reached was not the Summit Proper. Sträng now believes he was just a few hundred feet short of the actual summit.
The saga continues, the last Dispatch we had on Fredrik Sträng’s K2 2017 Expedition was a bit somber. We reported on the two unsuccessful summit attempts made by Sträng and his decision to end his expedition on 31 July. He was supposed to head back to Skardu at that time. However, it was curious how we didn’t hear from him for more than eight days. It turns out, this resourceful climber veered course and headed toward Broad Peak (8,047 m.), a mountain he tried to climb in 2012 with his late Lithuanian friend, Ernestas, but was unsuccessful that year.
Together with 9 other climbers, Fredrik summited Broad Peak on 04 August in what was his third summit attempt in 13 days. There is no way anyone can ever say this climber is not made of resilience and determination of the highest form. This epic climb was unexpected and had us all in a frenzied cheer of disbelief when the pictures came through!
His summit on Broad Peak is his 9th 8,000-meter peak. Like his plans for K2, Fredrik summited Broad Peak with no O2 in the notorious snow falls Broad Peak is known for. This, including a snow storm on the summit and covered tracks on the way back down the ridge.
We, at Base Camp Magazine, congratulate Fredrik on his summit of Broad Peak – one of the most impressive feats we’ve ever had the privilege to witness. We can’t wait to read the full story. This is the kind of athlete sponsors dream of, the kind that finds a way to finish the goal, or in this case, a variant of exact caliber.
About Fredrik Sträng
Fredrik Sträng is a Swedish climber, personal trainer and motivational speaker. Sträng has summited 8 of the world’s 8,000 m. peaks, and in 2017, Sträng attempted K2 again, was unsuccessful, but salvaged the expedition by climbing Broad Peak, a mountain he had previously tried to climb in 2012. He has worked with charitable organizations through the years to help those in need. And he has been given various awards including Male Adventurer of the Year twice in 2007 and 2010. Sträng is partnered with Sigma Technology. To learn more about Sträng, read “Get to Know Climber Fredrik Sträng.”
Read our Dispatches of Fredrik Sträng’s K2017 Expedition here.