Search Called Off for Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson on Ogre II

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Scott Adamson (left), Kyle Dempster (right). Photo: Courtesy Nathan Smith

On Monday, August 22 American alpinists Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson went missing while attempting to climb Pakistan's Ogre II in the Karakoram. While Dempster and Adamson had global rescue, the $10,000 failed to cover all of the costs of porters for a visual inspection of the mountain and helicopters for an aerial view. To support the rescue efforts, nearly 5,000 climbers raised $194,000 over four days via a Gofundme page to help with the recovery. Unfortunately, after finding no signs of the pair, the rescue has been called off. From Jonathan Thesenga of Black Diamond:

Early on Saturday, September 3, two Pakistani military helicopters left Skardu in clear weather. They landed at basecamp on the Choktoi Glacier and picked up climber Thomas Huber (Austria) who would assist as an observer/spotter. An exhaustive and close-proximity initial search of the north face of the Ogre II (where Kyle and Scott were last seen on August 22), the Northeast Ridge (their planned descent route), and the glacial basin between the Ogre II and Ogre I, yielded no sign of the pair. After refueling, the two helicopters made a second sweep of all sides of the mountain, from an even higher altitude, and again found no sign of Kyle and Scott. In light of those extensive yet unsuccessful efforts, the search team and knowledgeable observers in Pakistan, the US, and Europe, assessed that there remained a very slim chance that any evidence of their passage would be revealed in subsequent sweeps of the mountain.

Given the time that has elapsed and the nearly continuous stormy weather since they were last seen, and the substantial risks that such high-altitude missions entail, Kyle and Scott’s families have made the extremely difficult decision to end the search efforts.

We owe a huge amount of gratitude to the Pakistan government for scrambling all of their available assets and their commitment to finding Scott and Kyle. Their support, and that of Global Rescue, has been invaluable. Additionally Kyle and Scott’s families are deeply grateful for the assistance provided by the Pakistan Embassy in Switzerland the US Embassy in Pakistan, and numerous other individuals and organizations worldwide. We will acknowledge and thank each of them publicly and privately in the coming days.

We again ask that everyone please provide privacy to Kyle and Scott’s families. Any questions or media inquires should be directed to Jonathan Thesenga at jonathan.thesenga@bdel.com.