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By Wilco van Rooijen

Surviving days within the dying Zone

In the summer season of 2008 the 'Norit K2 excursion' climbed with out extra oxygen the 8611 meter excessive height of K2 in Pakistan. through the descent the excursion grew to become from triumph to tradedy. one of many largest tradedy's in climbing historical past. Statistical each area 'conqueror' will die at the "Killer Mountain". In 2008 eleven climbers misplaced their lifestyles. the scoop was once going over the complete global from CNN, Al-Jazeera, Sky information, BBC, long island instances etc.

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

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I attempt to descend a bit extra on. i attempt to inspire myself and to belief my strategy. only a topic of taking just a little extra probability, I won’t simply fall. but if Marco shouts that it isn't operating, i'm simply confident. I don’t see any method out. it really is inevitable, we're caught right here this night. we'll have to organize a bivouac. this can be a virtually very unlikely activity. we don't have the energy to dig a snow gap. i'm sitting at the correct of Marco, and Gerard is above me. we strive to guard ourselves opposed to the wind through turning our backs in the direction of it. We don’t say a lot. On Gerard’s course, I make one final attempt to climb down and phone to the place we see the lamps. yet no solution is heard and that i surrender. I move slowly subsequent to Gerard and Marco and succumb to the fatigue. fortunately, it's not blowing very difficult, and we're so so drained we hardly ever consider the chilly. the 1st climbers descending sooner than us are the Norwegians Lars Naesse, Cecile Skog and Rolf Bae. Rolf circled sooner than the summit and waited for Cecile and Lars. They descend jointly. it's darkish. the 3 of them unsuspectingly descend the traverse and are struck via tragedy. a wide part of ice breaks off and sweeps Rolf away. His spouse, Cecile, who he had simply married 3 weeks sooner than, sees it occur. The rope breaks. She sees her husband disappear. She is in surprise and nailed to the floor. The rope that runs throughout the Bottleneck is additionally swept away. Lars nonetheless manages to descend with a rope within the traverse. He descends diagonally to definitely the right, kind of unsecured. should still he fall, he may make a tremendous swing which might additionally most likely result in tragedy. yet he holds on and fixes 60 metres of light-weight rope that we had lower unfastened within the early morning. It were left at the back of via the Norwegians when we climbed out of the traverse and was once now not wanted. They picked up the rope at the go back direction. Cecile manages to descend diagonally over the steep rocks through the rope Lars has fastened. however the rope isn't really lengthy sufficient to arrive to the ground of the Bottleneck. the 2 of them descend the final part with out safeguard utilizing front issues in their crampons and ice axes. In utmost focus and after an enormous attempt, they ultimately succeed in the ground of the Bottleneck. this can be by means of the fewer steep glacier to camp four. Cas, who passes this spot later, bumps into the Frenchman Hugues right here with no his Pakistani porter Karim. Hugues sees that Cas is quicker and shows that he may still move forward. Cas passes him and likewise descends instantly down through the vertical rope alongside the rocks. whilst Cas reaches the ground of the Bottleneck, tragedy hits back. Cas sees how Hugues, who has turn into an in depth buddy, all at once falls previous him. Cas is dumbfounded, and can't think what simply occurred. Hugues should have slipped off the rope or tripped within the final metres with no rope safeguard. Cas maintains down in a surprise. it truly is previous hour of darkness, while he eventually reaches camp four. Pemba arrived at camp four previous and is melting snow. Heleen’s diary, of one August at 23. 31 It doesn’t glance good...

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