Fredrik Ericsson Presumed Dead on K2

Posted on: August 7, 2010

Fredrik Ericsson on Laila Peak (6096m), where he recently acclimatized for a ski mountaineering expedition to K2 (8611m), Karakoram, Pakistan. While climbing K2's Bottleneck yesterday, Ericsson fell more than 3,000 feet and is presumed dead. [Photo]

The Swedish ski mountaineer Fredrik Ericsson fell more than 3,000 feet on Friday while climbing K2's infamous Bottleneck with Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner in the Pakistan Karakoram. His lifeless body was spotted 400 meters above and to the side of Camp 3 on the Cesen route; dangerous conditions have prevented recovery.


Ericsson's intent was to ski from the summit—part of his two-year quest to ski the world's three highest peaks: Everest (8848m), K2 (8611m) and Kangchenjunga (8586m).

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