Surviving K2

By Wilco van Rooijen

Surviving days within the loss of life Zone

In the summer time of 2008 the 'Norit K2 day trip' climbed with no extra oxygen the 8611 meter excessive top of K2 in Pakistan. throughout the descent the day trip became from triumph to tradedy. one of many greatest tradedy's in mountaineering historical past. Statistical each region 'conqueror' will die at the "Killer Mountain". In 2008 eleven climbers misplaced their lifestyles. the inside track was once going over the entire global from CNN, Al-Jazeera, Sky information, BBC, big apple occasions etc.

Wilco van Rooijen, the Dutch excursion chief has been lacking for 3 days and quit by way of the surface global. On his final power he got here again a lifestyles out of the 'Death Zone'. The 'Norit K2' excursion 2008 paid a excessive rate. What precisely came about that August 1, 2008? How may perhaps this tragedy have taken position?

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Dren Mandic (Serbia) fell in the course of the ascent within the Bottleneck 2. Jehan Baig (Pakistan) fell throughout the descent less than the Bottleneck three. Rolf Bae (Norway) fell as a result of falling ice throughout the descent four. Hugues d’Aubarede (France) fell in the course of the descent within the Bottleneck five. Park Kyeong Hyo (Korea) fell in the course of the descent within the Bottleneck 6. Kim Hyo Gyeong (Korea) fell through the descent within the Bottleneck 7. Hwang Dong Jin (Korea) fell throughout the descent within the Bottleneck eight.

It makes me a section light-headed. the realm is mendacity at our ft. I see the shadow of K2’s summit at the horizon. It even turns out to increase past it. What a impressive sight from the world’s such a lot tough summit. Camp four less than is a pin-head. we glance out over 1000's of mountains, all 7000 metres and better. Even large height at 8046 metres turns out cowed. the press of the camera’s shutter brings me again to fact. The formalities are over. we've got stood at the summit for nearly part an hour. it really is 19. 00, and descending at nighttime shouldn't be an issue: we all know the way in which and feature headlamps.

First a Catholic carrier is held in an immense tent. greater than one thousand humans spontaneously appear to supply their condolences. outdoor, it's raining challenging, chilly and bleak. brilliant tales are advised approximately Gerard. yet extra importantly, there's a feeling of being jointly. right here during this small village, everybody stocks a tragic loss with one another. After the mass we assemble in a wide development the place the commemoration maintains. Gerard’s images are proven, revolving on huge monitors within the corners of a giant corridor.

At the first part Gerard and that i descend on the comparable cost. The descent from the summit pyramid isn't with out its risks. particularly these hazards brought on by the euphoria of victory. The terrain is steep and one might plummet with one mistake with both crampons or ice awl. you'll want to remain concentrated. Any blunders will most likely obtain the extraordinary sanction. it really is tempting to imagine for you to shop your self by utilizing your ice awl to wreck your fall. yet in fact, if you happen to slip you're long past. you're so exhausted that you simply not have the energy to ram the top into the snow, and at this altitude you reply a lot too slowly.

I procedure them. It’s Gerard and Marco. they're leaning jointly. Marco is whistling on his palms and rubbing his personal and Gerard’s to stick hot. even though i'm really not nervous, it really is comforting to quiet down subsequent to Gerard and Marco. within the descent every person is going at their very own pace. My blood brother Cas, with whom i've got one of these targeted bond, is nowhere to be visible. It doesn't shock me; this is often a very antagonistic surroundings, and also you wish descend to the relative secure atmosphere less than as quick as attainable.

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