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Last week on this website, one blogger commented on this month's K2 tragedy, and those factors which most likely brought about the disaster: "ignorance or laziness."
Here's to supporting local action, and to hoping climbers in southern Utah unite.
It's not an unfamiliar story: inexperienced climber, beautiful mountain range, makes mistake, breaks lots of bones, calls 911 on cell phone, rescued by helicopter. If that climber didn't have a cell phone, would they really have made that climb?
Nazir Sabir of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, along with the help of other organizations, is collecting donations for the families of the two Pakistani high-altitude porters and the two Sherpas who perished on K2.
K2 is a beautiful and terrible peak; one that deserves the gravest respect, as this past week has shown us. It seems that the respect to which it is entitled fell by the wayside in the lead-up to the avalanche on August first.
Sounds easy with elevations like Florida's 345' and Louisiana's 535', but when you factor in Rainier, Elbert, Whitney, and Denali's staggering 20,320', the task starts to look daunting at best.
The life of a dirtbag climber just ain't that easy.