18th July Camp 2

With fine weather dawning but little freeze in the snow pack due to the overnight snow, all members except Lesley who was under the weather moved to Camp 2 in difficult snow conditions. In Camp 2 we found our tents were covered in snow. After digging for an hour or so most tent platforms were ready for use and we retired for some much needed rest. We were luckier than the Hungarian, Czech and Italian expeditions whose tents were completely under snow and they had to dig huge pits to free the tents. In the late afternoon we heard that two German climbers had been killed in an avalanche on Gasherbrum 2 between Camp 2 and Camp 3. Other climbers were plucked from the debris and lucky to be alive. A Pakistani helicopter attempted to land at Camp 2 to rescue a seriously injured Japanese climber but was unable to do so.