Climbers Trapped High on K2

Posted on: August 1, 2008


Dutch climbers Wilco van Rooijen (top) and Gerard McDonnel on K2 (8611m). Preliminary reports suggest these two and about ten others are trapped above the "Bottleneck" just below K2's summit; the fixed ropes that usually aid passage through this section were wiped out by a chunk of serac ice. [Photo] www.noritk2.nl

News Flash: The following news flash is a preliminary report posted as a service to our readers. Alpinist has not confirmed the veracity of its contents but will post a story in detail when more information becomes available.—Ed.

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Following numerous ascents of K2 (8611m) yesterday, a serac fall has pulled fixed ropes off of the traverse and "Bottleneck," trapping about twelve descending climbers above.

Earlier today Serbian climber Dren Mandic likely perished after a fall at the Bottleneck.

Dutch climber Cas van de Gevel and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa were able to climb through the damaged section without fixed ropes; they are recovering in Camp 4. The other climbers, mostly Dutch and Korean, are trapped high on the mountain for the time being. A joint-expedition rescue is being organized, and at least six climbers are headed toward the Bottleneck with more rope.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Sources: David Falt, www.noritk2.nl, www.vojvodineanexpedition.net, www.mounteverest.net

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Comments
Guy McCarthy

For other reports, including a Aug. 1 photo of the Bottleneck with climbers ascending, visit

watershednews.blogspot.com

2008-08-08 05:28:19
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www.patfalvey.com/viewnews.php?id=43

Good information. Sadly it looks like the numbers of fatalities will reach what has ben reported in mainstream media.

2008-08-03 18:57:31
E9

If one is to believe New outlets such as CNN and Reuters (from experience main stream media is not to be trusted in situations like this ) the death toll on K2 this weekend is as high as 11 people. Confirmed deaths so far is to my knowledge limited to 2 people, one Norwegian and one Serbian climber.

2008-08-03 14:42:39
E9

Great news Wilco is safe in C3.

Lets hope the rest of the missing climbers will show up sound and safe during the day.

2008-08-03 03:34:59
E9

Its with great sadness I have to repot that 5 climbers are missing (there location is not known) from the Cessen route. The number of missing climbers from the Abruzzi rout is not known.

Missing is or location not known:

WILCO: unknown, NL GERARD: unknown, HUGUES: unknown, FR Karim : unknown Rolf: unknown, NO

2008-08-02 18:34:23
E9

According to the latest information two american climbers are in place around C4 helping with the rescue.

For the latest and most up to date information please visit

www.noritk2.nl

2008-08-02 04:47:43
E9

A rescue operation is under way to the climbers above or in the Bottleneck area. Communications seams to work well.

IMPORTANT TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF CLIMBERS ON K2.

DO NOT TRY CALLING SAT PHONES NO MATTER HOW WORRIED YOU ARE. THE PHONES ARE LOW ON BATTERIES AND ALL COMMUNICATION HAS TO BE STRICTLY LIMITED TO RESCUE COORDINATION.

2008-08-02 04:37:56
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