Carlos Pauner: Climbers saving lives
Spaniard Carlos Pauner and a small team of friends reached Broad’s BC and jetted up to set high camps and acclimatize before the spell of bad weather arrived.
“Many things have happened in these last days,” reported Carlos in his first update. “Friday afternoon my team mate Jose Vilalta and I were on our way down from setting up C3. I was faster than Jose, so it was only when I reached BC that I knew he had fallen 20 meters in a hidden crevasse at the lower sections of the route.”
“Other teams including two dutch members heard him cry out and ran to help. They managed to get him out – hadn’t they been so fast, Jose would have been lost. Luckily, Jose made it back to BC and Spanish Doctors Silvino and Jorge Egocheaga sewed up his wounds and calmed us down. Jose has proven to be a real alpinist. Injured and scared, during descent he was only worried for the disturbance he was causing to other teams.”
“Also Isabel, another (female) member in our team, is recovering well after being hit by falling rock. These are the risks of high altitude mountaineering, but there are also humane values and solidarity.”
“As for our acclimatization, we have climbed up to 7000m – it is enough. Next we will launch a summit bid, as soon as weather permits.”