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Climbers Trapped High on K2

Dutch climbers Wilco van Rooijen (top) and Gerard McDonnel on K2 (8611m). Preliminary reports suggest these two and about ten others are trapped above the “Bottleneck” just below K2’s summit; the fixed ropes that usually aid passage through this section were wiped out by a chunk of serac ice. [Photo]

News Flash: The following news flash is a preliminary report posted as a service to our readers. Alpinist has not confirmed the veracity of its contents but will post a story in detail when more information becomes available.—Ed.

Following numerous ascents of K2 (8611m) yesterday, a serac fall has pulled fixed ropes off of the traverse and “Bottleneck,” trapping about twelve descending climbers above.

Earlier today Serbian climber Dren Mandic likely perished after a fall at the Bottleneck.

Dutch climber Cas van de Gevel and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa were able to climb through the damaged section without fixed ropes; they are recovering in Camp 4. The other climbers, mostly Dutch and Korean, are trapped high on the mountain for the time being. A joint-expedition rescue is being organized, and at least six climbers are headed toward the Bottleneck with more rope.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Sources: David Falt,,,