Death on Mont Blanc

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Sixty years after the first as­cent of K2, a record num­ber of peo­ple stood on the sum­mit on one day. On July 26, 32 peo­ple climbed to the top of the sec­ond high­est sum­mit in the world. The peak is no­tor iously dan­ger­ous, but the sea­son saw a num­ber of records bro­ken. It led to more than one Hi­malayan climber ask­ing, “Is K2 the new Ever­est? ” For ever y t wo climbers, one high­alti­tude porter/Sher pa sum­mit­ted. Nearly 40 per cent of climbers who reached the sum­mit did so with­out sup­ple­men­tal ox ygen. Suc­cess rate: nearly 80 per cent of climbers reached the sum­mit, a new record, ever yone made it down to basecamp with the ex­cep­tion of the death of Miguel An­gel Perez at camp four. Six woman, a new record, climb­ing K2.

on Mont Blanc as six peo­ple went miss­ing in early Au­gust. They were dis­cov­ered the fol­low­ing day; the group i ncluded one moun­tain guide. Death on Mont Blanc is un­for­tu­nately an a l l-to-common oc­cur rence. With overea­ger guides and ca­sual climbers crowd­ing its slopes, the moun­tain is one of the dead­li­est in Europe. A to­tal of 14 peo­ple died bet ween July and the star t of Au­gust. The six climbers were at­tempt­ing to climb the Aiguil le Ar­gen­tiere up the Aréte de Fléche route. Follow Gripped on Face­book and Twit­ter for daily news up­dates on climb­ing from across Canada and around the world. @GrippedMagazine

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