Mini DJI Drone Records Successful K2 Summit
The photographer Sandro Gromen-Hayes had a string of unlucky encounters with K2 in the past. During the winter trip in 2021, he was a member of Nirmal Purja’s team; nevertheless, he was not a part of the (all-Nepalese) summit group. Six months later, he planned to climb K2 in the summer, but when approaching the mountain, he hurt his ankle while hiking. On his third attempt, he has finally been successful, making the most of the opportunity he has been given. Gromen-Hayes was able to document the successful summit of K2 with the help of a mini DJI drone.
Flying a drone at such a high altitude comes with its own problems, such as very low temperatures, high wind conditions, and thin air. While w know that Gromen-Hayes used a mini DJI drone, we do not know which model drone was used and if any modifications were made to allow the drone to fly at such a high altitude.
“[When] I first attempted to fly a drone above 8,000 meters on Manaslu, the controller died…