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Swedish climber dies in Himalaya expedition

Swedish climber dies in Himalaya expedition

Published: 06 Aug 2010 11:12 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Aug 2010 11:12 GMT+02:00

A Swedish climber died in an accident on the mountain K2 in the Karakoram Himalayas early on Friday morning while taking part in an Austrian-led expedition.

Fredrik Ericsson fell 1,000 metres to his death as bad weather closed in on the mountain, according to the Austrian news agency APA. The Swedish foreign ministry has not been able to confirm the death.

Ericsson is a well known Swedish adventurer and was climbing K2, on the Pakistan-China border and at 8,611 metres the second highest mountain on Earth, in a bid to become the first person to ski from the summit down to base camp.

The expedition was led by the Austrian climber Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, who elected to halt an attempt on the peak on Friday after a fall, with a further two or three climbers returning to camp.

Kaltenbrunner's husband Ralf Dujomovits gave up on the climb already on Thursday after a landslide.

One of the climbers, Christian Stangle, told the news agency that recent days have been characterised by snowfalls, avalanches and rockfalls.

"It's snowing, the avalanches go off - and the relatively high temperatures loosen the stones from the slopes...I feel my health is more important than the summit," he said on his homepage according to APA.

Stangle said that avalanches occurred both to the right and left of Ericsson as he fell almost all the way back to base camp III.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:56 August 6, 2010 by To The Point
K2 is not a Chinese mountain, it is located in Pakistan. Check Wikipedia.

RIP Fredrik!
13:06 August 6, 2010 by asifbit
That's why I was wondered that when did this moved to China?

It might be China made a duplicate and cheaper one :-) he he.
13:31 August 6, 2010 by this_aint_sparta
K2 is bordering china as well, may be he was trying from the other side.
14:09 August 6, 2010 by MAQ
K2, the second highest mountain on earth is in Pakistan. Not a Chinese mountain
14:28 August 6, 2010 by EricK
The K2 is in Pakistan and far from Chinese border. The original news story runs here http://www.apa.at/site/News/Topstory/Kaltenbrunner_am_K2_erneut_gescheitert

The Local added the sentence "Chinese Mountain" herself in this news. The quality of journalism is really low on this site and its no wonder if you read some garbage.

But the essence of this news is not about K2 but a Swede who died in this unfortunate event.
14:46 August 6, 2010 by this_aint_sparta
Erick.

I will insist K2 borders china as well.

http://www.travel-himalayas.com/himalayan-mountains-peaks/k2-mountains-austin-godwin.html

or

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K2
15:03 August 6, 2010 by SilentLogic
according to google maps K2 is about 3 hundred KM away from boundary line in between pakistan and china, inside Pakistan
15:04 August 6, 2010 by N18h7m4r3
Its not in Pakistan rather in Pakistan Administered (Occupied) Kashmir.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan-administered_Kashmir
15:08 August 6, 2010 by SilentLogic
And K2 is part of Karakorum mountain range not in Himalaya range
16:16 August 6, 2010 by Byggare Bob
K2 is in the Karakoram range which is part of the greater Himalaya range and it in fact spans three countries - India, China, and Pakistan.

Part of K2 is in Chinese Xinjiang and part in Gilgit-Baltistan (formerly the Northern Areas) - an area in the disputed Kashmir region under the administration of Pakistan but claimed by India. Both the Chinese

All of these borders are disputed and thus the "ownership" of the mountain is not as simple as determining who owns your house.

I note that The Local has amended the article at some point to help illustrate this.

A man died by the way.
16:47 August 6, 2010 by Snoopy!
I actually found the debate between those whom obviously didn't excel in Geography at school more entertaining then the death of a climber whom participated at his own freewill an attempt at climbing arguably the most dangerous mountain peak in the world.

risks of the trade I´m afraid to say
17:13 August 6, 2010 by mjennin2
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the fact that K2 isn't a chinese mountain.

::sighs heavily::

RIP Freddy. You lived your life adventurously, and lost it in like-fashion.
17:27 August 6, 2010 by falaky
RIP Fredrik!

Get a break while you can and your facts correct, the Local. K2 is located well inside Pakistan, not overlapping with Chinese border.
19:19 August 6, 2010 by shimud
Hi.

This comment is coming all the way from Pakistan, in fact heart of K2 or its base camp, known as Fairy Meadows, its a spectacle to behold, trust me. While whole Pakistan is unfortunately submerged in water these days, this heaven on earth is sparkling like a diamond and man, what a sight it is.

Pretty interesting to note how masses develop an opinion and insist on it. Well, put the politics and everything else aside and let me state some facts so that you Swedes know what it really is : -)

1: It lies in Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan, borders China.

2: Mountain range is known as Karakoram (the term Himalyan Karakoram is never used, though its part of greater Himalyan region which extends along Nepal, China, India and Pakistan).

3: There are two usual ways to ascend or to reach summit, Pakistan and China. Major base camp lies in Pakistan. China is allowed to issue expedition permits.

4: Much more difficult and demanding to climb as compared Everest. K2 has never been climbed during winter.

5: Second highest fatality rate among "eight thousanders", which means those mountains which stand 8000meters tall. 5 such mountains lies in Pakistan.

My condolences to the family of Swede mountaineer.

By the way, when we Pakistanis living in Gilgit-Baltistan region have to go to China by road, we use the world's highest paved track known as Karakorm Highway. Its 1300 km long. Marvel of modern civil engineering, not by its quality rather overcoming all difficulties to carve it out of mountains, 4693 meters above sea level, costed 900 construction workers life and completed in 10 years, starting 1958.

Pakistan officially designates it as N-35 in its road network system. All eight thousanders lying in Pakistan are also easily accessible via this highway.

With best regards from Pakistan.
22:05 August 6, 2010 by roxap
@shimud

fairy meadows is the base camp of NANGA PARBAT and not of K2, NANGA PARBAT is the 9th highest mountain in the world situated in Gilgit baltistan region of Pakistan.
22:55 August 6, 2010 by waffen
Six people of 22 remarked in some fashion that someone had died on this mountain.

The remaining 16 were arguing about the geographic location(s).

That should be the other way around.

Apathy abounds.
23:07 August 6, 2010 by mjennin2
@waffen: Precisely my point in post #12. Ridiculous /:

Although, Shimud your post was quite interesting, thanks for sharing the brief lesson! :)
00:50 August 7, 2010 by Liquidmonkey
a person dies and many are debating where a mountain is located?!?!? get a grip people!!

sad that another adventurer dies, very sad and unfortunate :(

at least he died doing what he loved!

RIP fredrik
02:06 August 7, 2010 by microping
I don't care about if it is on our China side or other countries. The fact is one people dead because of that. Shame on those guys who only care about who owns the mountain.
09:07 August 7, 2010 by villjobba
This is really sad. But then what is all this risky adventurism anyway? Is it just the thrill and the name of being the first to skii down a mountain? May be. But when and where should we draw the line between what is a reasonable and unreasonable risk to take. What really is its worth if its just about a name? Do these fellows even have kids or families to think about what their potential deaths from such activities could mean to them when they set out on it? I hate when people die preventable deaths and sometimes, i direct my anger - and perhaps wrongly - at the victims themselves especially in such cases. I will probably say the same thing about those kids setting off to solo sailing trips round the world just for the name and personal glory of being the FIRST. I know people are going to come at me with all sorts of contrary opinions about "fearing so much to die that we forget to leave" and all that crap, but that will be missing the point. While death is a common inescapable destiny, knowingly putting ourselves in extreme life threatening situations when we cant give any reason for doing it (eg some material benefit - and i use this losely - to ourselves or society), other than the thrill of being FIRST is plain courting death, reckless and stupid. Fortunately one of the climbers even came to their senses halfway through when he said:

"It's snowing, the avalanches go off - and the relatively high temperatures loosen the stones from the slopes...I feel my health is more important than the summit,"
10:18 August 7, 2010 by Akkee
this is a said news for the climber and adventurer. but i want to share the fact that .i am from Great Himalaya and from Shigar valley where Great K-2 is situated, i have been at the base camp of K-2 many times with renown the expedition and trekking teams. there are two climbing sites of k-2 , both side is in Pakistan sites, so there are no fact that one can climb from china sites. but we can say the the whole region means Himalaya ranges is the border of China and Gilgit Baltisan a province of Pakistan.

left side climb is bit essay rather than the front side, at front side the risk of avalanche is higher and its straight almost 80 degree so, its difficult to climb and among the the climber this side chose for proudness.

i not found info that which side they were climbing ????
11:13 August 7, 2010 by shimud
@ roxap. thanks for correction. my bad :-(

Fairy Meadows indeed is base camp of Nanga Parbat. Equally beautiful as is base camp of K2.

By the way, I guess back in 2005, Fredrik tried to ski downhill Laila Peak, 6000+meter, but aborted due to bad weather.

RIP Fredrik.
11:19 August 7, 2010 by testUserName
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/08/06/pakistan.ericsson.death/index.html

Even if we try to justify that K2 is in Nepal won't bring Fredrik back. Unfortunately.
11:49 August 8, 2010 by Makaveli
While i still maintain some sensitivity and regard for human life, i couldn't care less about this guy dying. If u choose to put yourself in harm's way just for the thrill of it and get killed while doing that, am afraid i aint got a tear to shed for you. There are millions of people dying out there everyday for good causes (soldiers, fighting for their countries for example. People dying from work accidents, just to name a few). My heart goes out to all of them, but sadly we hadly hear them being mentioned. If u choose to go up a mountain like that, just for fun, then i say SUICIDE. This is like feeling sorry for some thrill-seeker who dies from a broken cord during a bungee jump. Only person i feel sorry for is the deceased family.

You can call me "ColdHeart" but am pretty sure ma heart aint any colder than yours! Oh and by the way, i think i learned an interesting Geography leasson here.
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