Italians Rescued After Ten Days on Nanga Parbat

Posted on: July 24, 2008

After a ten-day Odyssey on the Rakhiot Face of Nanga Parbat, Italian alpinists Walter Nones and Simon Kehrer have been rescued. At approximately 7:30 on the morning of July 24, 2008, the two started their descent from their bivouac at 6600m. "The weather looks good," Maurizio Gallo said via the satellite phone. Fewer than two hours later, Nones and Kehrer reached a glacier plateau at 5700m, where the rescue organization's helicopter was able to pick them up. They first flew Kehrer to safety and a few minutes later returned to bring Nones to Fairy Meadows, the base camp of Nanga Parbat. That afternoon the mountaineers were flown to Gilgit, Pakistan, for a medical check, but not before holding a small memorial service for Karl Unterkircher, their friend who died last week on the face (read the July 16, 2008 and July 21, 2008 Newswires).

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Ive been waiting for the updates with bated breath, and I'm so extremely happy to see that they made it back down. Although it is still a terrible tragedy with the death of Karl Unterkircher, I'm glad that they weren't all killed on the mountain, which is quite an amazing effort after 10 days on the peak.

2008-07-25 09:24:50
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