K2: ESTABLISHED ROUTES

 

ABRUZZI SPUR

Climbers at (ABC?), the strong ridgeline starting in the lower right and ending top center/right, is the Abruzzi.

  • Notable for: first ascent route, standard route, most successful summits
  • First accent: July 31, 1954 (Lino Lacedelli, Achille Compagnoni)

Abruzzi Ridge Route >

the magic line

The magic line, follows the right diagonal from the lower left Icefall, before heading straight for the summit in an elegant "direct line".

  • Notable for: Messner's coining the line but abandoning it for the Abruzzi, it's aesthetic appeal that one seemingly has to be a true mountaineer 
  • First accent: TBD

The Magic Line >

Northeast Ridge

K2 First Ascent Northeast Ridge Route with optional abruzzi traverse.jpg

Other Routes

North Ridge

 North Ridge is on the right fully visible. The Abruzzi's serpentine profile can be seen left/middle, headed into the plume.

North Ridge is on the right fully visible. The Abruzzi's serpentine profile can be seen left/middle, headed into the plume.

  • Notable for: less crowds, technical difficulty, avoids the whole shoulder-bottleneck-traverse situation where many of the Pakistan routes converge at a shared high camp low on the shoulder.

North Ridge Route >

Northwest ridge

 
 

Northwest Face

  A: West Ridge; B: West Face; C: Southwest Pillar; D: South Face; E: South-southeast Spur; F: Abruzzi Spur

A: West Ridge; B: West Face; C: Southwest Pillar; D: South Face; E: South-southeast Spur; F: Abruzzi Spur