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A Spanish mountain climber has died after falling from K2

“Sad death of Sergi Mingote at K2,” Sanchez tweeted. “He wanted to continue making history by being part of the first expedition to crown this mountain in the middle of winter and a tragic accident has ended his life. A big hug for the loved ones of this great athlete.”

K2, a part of the Karakoram Range that straddles the Pakistan-China border, is the second highest mountain on this planet at 8,611 meters (28,251 ft).

A publish on Mingote’s official Instagram account mentioned: “Rest in peace Sergi. Today you start a new climb.”
Just a day earlier, the mountaineer had shared a publish saying that he was on day 27 of his climb and had reached 7,000 meters.
Chhang Dawa Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who’s main the K2 winter expedition, mentioned on Instagram that Mingote “suddenly fell down.”
“We [were] informed by unexpected movement on his GPS tracker and could see he made a big fall, members at the site quickly confirmed the accident, but couldn’t do much to help him anymore,” Sherpa mentioned.

A ‘Savage Mountain’

K2 is positioned inside the Karakoram Range, dwelling to the best focus of excessive mountains on this planet.
The peak is famend amongst mountaineers for its issue and has been bestowed the moniker “Savage Mountain” as an ode to its unforgiving nature.

Compared to the greater than 4,000 those who have climbed Mount Everest — the world’s tallest mountain at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) — solely 350 individuals had stood on K2’s peak as of 2018 because it was first topped in 1954.

While few have summited K2, at the very least 77 individuals have died trying the climb.

A crew of 10 Nepali climbers on Saturday reached the highest of K2 — marking the primary time the summit has been climbed in the course of the winter seasons, in response to the expedition organizer Seven Summit Treks.

K2 was the one mountain over 8,000 meters that had not been summited in winter.

“The impossible is made possible,” Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja, an ex-British Special Forces soldier, mentioned on his official Instagram account after he and his crew completed the uncommon feat. “History made for mankind. History made for Nepal,” he wrote.

“We are proud to have been a part of history for mankind and to show that collaboration, teamwork and a positive mental attitude can push limits to what we feel might be possible,” Purja mentioned.

Sugam Pokharel and Rory Smith contributed to this report.

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