We are seeing a lot of confusing reports on the web and in the newspapers;
we are sure people are trying to do their best. There is mass confusion. We
understand some do not want the names of the dead released, but that does add
to the confusion and mess. Let's start from the beginning....
We were told by 2 or more sources on the Mountain (which is EverestNews.com
standard for reporting death news), that 2 climbers died on the way UP. We
were told that the Serb climber DREN MANDIC (that is the correct spelling) and
HUGUES Pakistani porter died (on the way UP). Dren we were told died trying to
past a slower climber in the bottleneck and fell. (Summary: Two dead on the
22 is the main number used that were going up, it is unclear it anyone
knows the real number... Anyway, numerous climbers from the 22 summited late
or got close late (it really does not matter at this point who summited).....
Some in Base camp predicted major trouble... Reasonable descent times would
have them back too late... Sadly, those in base camp were right....
Many did not come back.... yet anyways...
Currently Missing: Sherpa , Gerard McDonnel Irish , , 3 Koreans and 1 Sherpa missing , French Leader Missing - Hugues
Four have been reported dead including the 2 who died going UP, from 2 or
more sources on the Mountain to EverestNews.com
Many think others are missing...
Alberto Zerain, one of
the first to summit and is now down and calling in reports, reports several
dead and 6 missing: Of the several dead: 2 Pakistanis, 1 Serbian, others
withheld... THINGS ARE VERY BAD ON K2...
If you know others that are missing
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climbers clearly need to be looking for climbers who still are with us.
The Italian Marco is hurt bad at Camp 4, but he has support.
There are too few sherpas and H.A Porters ....
One climber in an Orange suit have been seen coming down... no one is
guessing who the climber is..
Several rescues are still trying to get people down and help people. Bad
weather will soon arrive... PRAY for the rescuers , the weather is soon going
to turn HARD....
UPDATE: Wilco has just been located in Camp 3! How he got to camp 3
without other knowing? Hopefully Wilco can tell others , where various
climbers are... It is unclear if Wilco was the orange suit people saw
May they rest in Peace...
Earlier: This is the update of Jasmine Tours organized Expedition on K2. There are
positive hope of more survivors from Bottle Neck Ice Fall, it is reported by
Roeland that he has seen some one walking down on the Cessen route, Cas and
Pemba will descend from C4 towards C3 and try to find out about this person.
Norit K2 Expedition: Wilco van Rooijen Dutch, we are searching for him Cas
van de Gevel Dutch, he is at C4 and helping with Pemba in rescue efforts.
Roeland van Oss Dutch, he is at BC coordinating all rescue efforts. Gerard
McDonnel Irish, we are trying to find him. Pemba Gyalje Sherpa Nepal, he is at
C4 and helping with Cas in rescue efforts. Jelle Staleman Dutch, at base camp
safe. Mark Sheen Australian, he is descending down from Abruzzi Ridge and is
at C2. Court Haegens Dutch, he is gone back home earlier.
Jasmine Tours International K2 Expedition: Jacob Andreas Ployart Wetche
Greenland, he is gone back home earlier this week.Nick Nielsen Greenland, he
is also gone back home earlier this week. Christian Stangl Austria, We are
trying to find his location Thomas Strausz Mag Austria, We are trying to find
his location. Blagojevic Veljko Bosnia and Herzegovina, he is gone back home
early. Hoselito Bite Serbia, he is reported coming down toward base camp.
Sunny Mountain Chogori Expedition: George Dijmarescu, American he is safe
and helping in rescue effort. Mirea Leustean Romanian he is safe and helping
in rescue effort Teodora Vid Romanian She is safe and helping in rescue
effort. Rinjen Sherpa he is safe and helping in rescue effort. Mingma Thinduk
Sherpa he is safe and helping in rescue effort.
Asghar Ali Porik Owner Jasmine Tours
Earlier: As you all know that around 22 climbers starts their summits attempt from
different route on K2. Some of them summit K2 and some are finding their way
upward from Bottle Neck, when suddenly a big ice fall down on the route to
bottle neck and hearting many of the climbers and trapping some of the
climbers above bottle neck. It is told that fix rope is taken away by this
big ice fall.
Rescue efforts are continue since then by high altitude porters and
climbers, already up in the mountain. We the tour operators have a urgent
meeting on August 2nd at 3pm to discuss the situation and helping in the
rescue efforts. All Tour Operators urgently sent messages to their concern
staff and HP to help each other in rescue efforts.
Jasmine Tours has Norit K2 Expedition, Sunny Mountain Chogori Expedition
and International K2 Expedition (the Jamine Tours International k2
Its learnt that three of its Norit K2 expedition members are above
bottle neck. Sunny Mountain Chogori Expedition all members are safe
and helping the rescue efforts.
Hosilito Bite is coming down towards BC.
Blue Sky Trek and Tours has Korean Expedition and it is told that their
two Korean members and one Nepali Sherpa is above bottle neck. The fallow
Korean are helping in rescue effort from C4.
Nazir Sabir Expedition has a Serbian K2 Expedition and yesterday their one
Serbian member Mr. Mandic fell down from c4, his body is found around c3 and
buried their by fallow members and rest of the members are heading down to
Adventure Tours Pakistan has an American expedition all members are safe,
however high altitude porter died while helping in the rescue effort. It is told
that ATP one French member is missing.
Hunza Guides Pakistan has a Singaporean K2 expedition, it is told that they
are at C3 and helping other climbers in rescue efforts.
Hushe Trek and Tours has Italian K2 expedition and it is told that their
one members is hurt near C4 and HP with this climber is bring him down to base
camp the other member is safe at base camp.
Our all efforts and prayers are with the climbers and pray for their safe
return to base camp.
Asghar Ali Porik Owner Jasmine Tours.
Earlier: First the weather, the window is still open, but things are
going to get worse. On Monday evening, wind will increase becoming westerly,
triggering cloudiness/snow for short time. Mon/Tue will be hard.
Marco Confortola is "found" and at camp 4 , 2 Sherpas are
there giving him oxygen and medicine. This information is from his climber
partner who is now in K2 base camp.
Fredrik Strang is one of the climbers up high helping. He is
on Mike Farris's expedition , he is reporting that all of his eight team
members are safe.
A climber fell in the bottleneck, breaking an arm or leg...
Gerard, the Irish climber is "missing". Gerard McDonnell is
37 years old originally from Kilcornan. He is oil company employee who lives
in Alaska and is part of the Dutch international team.
One report claims 6 peoples still standing on the
Hugues is "missing".
A third climber has died in camp 4.
The list of missing is variable....
Singapore climbers with 2 Sherpas were asked by Dutch to
stay in camp 3 [but not go up]. It will be the third night there, they will
need to down very soon... They are sharing what food, fuel and oxygen they can
spare for the rescued climbers and rescuers.
The Singapore Team's update: Our team okay
An avalanche above Camp 3 has wiped away the fixed ropes above Camp 3, leaving
some 12 climbers stranded. There were also reports of at least 3 deaths. Our
team woke this morning to a request from BC to stay put at Camp 3 and to
gather food, fuel and oxygen for the rescued climbers and rescuers. They are
in contact with BC every two hours, standing by to help n the rescue if
needed. They will be spending a third night at Camp 3 which will surely leave
their bodies even more debilitated. Their expedition now hangs in the
balance, but that is the last thing on their minds, as lives are at stake.
If you are so inclined, please pray for everyone on the mountain."
Earlier: Things are real bad on K2. The Koreans, we are told, are
sending their Sherpas up to try to rescue climbers. What remains of the Dutch
teams at camp 4 is expected to go up with a couple of others. If the fixed
ropes are really gone, then ....
At least one climber "hopes" that the fixed ropes are not
gone and that those coming down just missed the point.... Who knows at this
One unconfirmed report states as many as 7 climbers could be
seen up high...
We are not going to release names at this point, see below
(way down) for information on climbers who people believe to be down.
At least one climber believes it is time to try to send
everyone possible who is at camp 3 and above up that can help...
Hard decisions that might result in more lost of life...
Earlier: One climber was still seen going UP at 8.30pm local time
last night. Some summited at 6pm. The weather is almost perfect for K2.
So... We are told 2 died on the way up...
We are being told as many as 12 did not yet make it back to
camp 4 yet. The Koreans DO have a group who were planning to try to summit
tonight. They are going to run into a mess .... The Korean will have oxygen,
but probably not much more than they will need. Taking themselves off oxygen
could result in death for their members.
A hope and a prayer. The weather is almost prefect... No one
could ask for better conditions...
A report that a big chunk of ice took out part of the fixed
lines is unconfirmed.
Rescues attempts from base camp to rescue someone at the
bottleneck would seem impossible, according to past K2 Summiters we have
The fate of many are in the hands of the themselves to will
their way down with the possible help of the Koreans...
Earlier: A Serbia climber fell from the bottleneck. His family we are told
have been told, but we will hold the news for 24 hours... A porter also is
believed to have died...
Other reached the the summit ... but late.
The Dutch team summited: Cas, Gerard and Pemba, and Wilco...
It was Wilco's third attempt.
Norwegians and Hugues, the Frenchman, summited
The Italian climber (Marco Confortola) was still going up very late....
His parent turned around early and it assumed safe.
At 8.30 pm local time, 3 headlights were seen going down up
around the shoulder... Unclear where everyone is at right now...
Gerard has become the 1st the FIRST Irishman to become a
If you believe, then prayers .....
Others: It is believed Eric the doctor and his Sherpa turned
around and it back in camp 3.
The Koreans summited first with oxygen and are believed to
be the strongest...
Mark Sheen did not attempt the summit.
Jelle Staleman is down to camp 3.
The last few meters seemed to take hours to reach....
The Singapore team made a good call and turned around. the
report is below...
August 1: The Singapore Team set off today from Camp 3
and headed towards Camp 4. They reached the tip of the shoulder from where they
could see the bottleneck, before turning to return to Camp 3. They will return
to BC tomorrow to recover and wait for their summit window.
An exhausted Robert said they were climbing about 20 % slower than he Koreans
and Americans who had been on the mountains far longer. He and Edwin are not as
well acclimatised as they would have liked, having arrived late at BC.
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