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Brother of dead Broad Peak climber to search for bodies

PR dla Zagranicy
Peter Gentle 12.03.2013 06:30
The younger brother of one of the two Polish climbers presumed dead after summiting Broad Peak in the Himalayas, is to organize an expedition to find the climbers’ bodies.

Broad Peak: photo - wikipedia

On 5 March, four Polish climbers made the first winter ascent of Broad Peak, the twelfth highest mountain in the world. Adam Bielecki and Artur Małek successfully returned to Camp Four but Maciej Berbeka and Tomasz Kowalski went missing.

According to Artur Hajzer, who scaled many Himalayan peaks, the plan for the expedition by the younger brother of Maciej Berbeka, is feasible as the climbers’ bodies can be located fairly easily.

According to Hajzer, a team should include from six to ten climbers, equipped with oxygen cylinders and rescue equipment.

No attempt had ever been made in the history of Polish mountain expeditions to recover the climber’s body from an altitude of almost 8, 000 meters.

Five years ago, the body of the Austrian climber Markus Kronthaler was brought down from more or less the same altitude at Broad Peak, by an expedition organized by his brother two years after his death. (mk/pg)

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