Disaster on K2
After the avalanche, a few climbers were able to descend the steep ice through the Bottleneck, and then continue down to Camp 4 on the shoulder of the Abruzzi Spur (southeast ridge) at approximately 7,600 meters. Others may have survived a night above the Bottleneck and then descended. As of today, August 4, the Dutch climbers Wilco van Rooijen and Cas van de Gevel have made it to base camp and been evacuated by helicopter for medical treatment. Pemba Sherpa also has descended to base camp, and the Italian Marco Confortola is being helped down the mountain.
The fate of the rest of the climbers is still unconfirmed, although media reports and Pakistani tour operators and officials have put the number of dead at 11. The missing climbers include a team from Korea, a Norwegian, a Serb, Frenchman, and several Nepali and Pakistani guides and high-altitude porters. In 1995, six climbers died during a single day on K2, including American Rob Slater. The worst season in K2 climbing history was 1986, when 13 died.
Date of Accident: August 1, 2008
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