Northfielder Mike Farris: climbing K2, Everest

FNB’s Rick Moe alerted me this morning to this brief blurb in yesterday’s Strib Travel section (I’ve added the links):

Mike Farris, a biology professor at Hamline University in St. Paul, was attempting to climb K2 with six others when an avalanche roared down the mountain in the Pakistani Himalayas last Friday, resulting in the deaths of at least 11 climbers. He reports in his blog that he helped in the rescue attempts and was back at base camp as of last Sunday. While the rest of his six-climber team heads home, Farris, 52, has decided to stay behind, hoping to ascend K2 when conditions are favorable.

Mike Farris Mike’s web site has a link to his blog. See this blog post for details on why he’s going to make the attempt.

See this other blog for details on his original team’s successful summit and subsequent departure after the K2 tragedy (Wikipedia link) last week.

The Strib’s Ultrafit column back in April was about Farris.


  1. Griff Wigley said:

    Chris Welsch reports that Mike Ferris

    … called from Base Camp on K2 in Pakistan last night to say he had waited long enough, and he’s going to walk away from the mountain. “It’s time to come home,” he said.

    August 13, 2008
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Mike Farris was on MPR’s Midmorning show this week, talking about the K2 tragedy:

    A local scientist and experienced mountain climber was attempting to scale K-2, until 11 climbers lost their lives in one of the worst recent climbing tragedies. Mike Farris explains the mountaineer’s desire for altitude and the risks involved in its pursuit.

    November 19, 2008

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