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  K2 2004: Seven presumed dead in 2004 on K2


The route on the left is the Magic line.

K2 2004 started with 3 deaths before the Italian expedition even arrived at base camp with porters dying on the trek to the mountain. Early in June four South Koreans climbers and two Sherpas were caught in an avalanche on K2. One of the South Koreans Climbers was OK, and both Sherpas are fine, the other three Korean climbers were found dead at Base camp in their sleeping bags in a crevice. According to the Korea times, the names are Lee Hwa-hyong, 36, Kim Jae-yong, 35, and Pae Kyong-kyu, 34. All were part of the 11 members Korean team from POSCO steel.

Next, after the first round of summits on the 26th, 27th and 28th, the weather turned bad again as predicted. Unfortunately one summiter, Aleksandr Gubaev, did not make it down. "With Davoud Khadem Asl and Sergei Sokolov, who refused to go down from Camp 4 after the storm arrived (even as other climbers tried to convince them to do so).", stated Alfred Schreilechner

 

The expedition stated to EverestNews.com, "We can not officially confirmed until unless the liaison officer does not get death certificate from government authorities. If someone is unhappy with us, we can do nothing. We have our own limitations, thus we need to be carefully before giving any news. following are missing on K-2:"

1. Mr. Alanxander Gubaev    Krygyzstan

2. Mr. Dauoud Khadem Asl    Iranian

3. Mr. Segey Sokolov        Russian

There was no conspiracy, only some climbers who sadly, did not come down when they should have come down. Once the weather changed, they were gone. No amount of money or good will, could get them down. Only an effort by themselves to find a way down was possible, in our opinion. We were told on August 17th, when the last of the climbers were coming off K2, "No sign of the climbers who disappeared on K2 last 28th July."

We have been in touch with many family and friends of the Iranian climber Davoud Khadem Asl. We understand he was married to Balirea, a Colombian, and had two young girls. As of the 15th of August, we were told, "No one of them in the expedition has contacted her!!" This is sad. Please any climbers who knew Davoud Khadem Asl, please e-mail and we will put you in touch with the family and friends.

Next, Manel de la Matta dies on the way down at camp 1 after turning around up high with Oscar Cadiach. Jordi Corominas summited on his team. They were on the Magic line.

 

We continue to get questions about Sergey Bogomolov. We understand several web sites reported that the famous Russian climber Sergey Bogomolov was missing on K2. This is totally FALSE.

In the year when K2 was like Everest, with hundreds of climbers, and Sherpas en masse, 7 climbers did not come home....

Please pray for the families...

 
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