Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson has reached the peak of K3 which is 8,051 meters (26,414 ft) high and the 12th highest mountain in the world, RÚV reports. K3, also known as Broad Peak, is the third mountain over 8,000 meters that John has climbed in the last 80 days. He reached the peak last night after a three-day climb, accompanied by many sherpas and other mountaineers who had also joined him on K2 only days ago.
On May 16, John Snorri was among the first Icelanders to conquer Lhotse, which is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516 meters (27,940 ft) high. On July 28 he reached the top of the world's second highest mountain, K2, which is 8,611 meters (28,251 ft) high and considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir, first Icelandic woman to conquer Mount Everest, told RÚV it was a remarkable achievement to conquer both Lhotse and K2 in less than three months.
John Snorri did not stop there, making a last-minute decision to climb K3, a less dangerous ascent than K2. Hjördís Guðmundsdóttir, managing director of the charity Líf for whom John is raising funds, has been closely following John Snorri’s progress. She states he decided to climb K3 because the alternative was waiting at the Base Camp at the foot of K2 and K3 while others climbed. Instead of sitting idle, he joined them and conquered K3.
John Snorri’s fundraising for Líf will benefit the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Landspítali National University Hospital. The fundraising is still ongoing, and contributions can be made here.