General Chat

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

Gift subscriptions

Genes Reunited gift subscription

Do you know someone interested in discovering their family history?

You can now buy a gift subscription to Genes Reunited so they can research their family tree.

Buy gift or redeem gift

Icons

  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

Why they keep trying to do it ?

Page 0 + 1 of 2

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. »
ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:00

Pakistani rescuers have saved one climber and tried to help another stranded on K2, the world's second-highest peak, as the death toll from an ice avalanche rose to 11.

"At least 11 climbers have died. This is one of the worst incidents in the history of K2 climbing," Sultan Alam, a Pakistani mountaineering guide said from the peak's base camp at an altitude of 5,200 metres.

Those killed in the worst disaster on K2 in 20 years now include three Koreans, two Nepalis, two Pakistanis, one Serbian, an Irishman, a Norwegian and a Frenchman, he said.

"One Dutch was rescued by helicopter from K2 this morning while an Italian is still at an altitude of 7,200 metres," said Mr Alam. Another helicopter went up to help the stranded Italian but could not touch down and returned after a brief contact with the climber,
Barrie

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:03

Gerard McDonnell, an oil worker from Limerick who had just become the first Irishman to reach the 8,611m (28,251ft) summit in northern Pakistan, was among the missing and has been given up for dead, according to one of his friends.

Catastrophe struck late on Friday, when a chunk of ice broke from a serac, a pillar or cuboid of ice, and tore away fixed lines from a steep gully known as the Bottleneck, above 8,200m. Several expeditions were on the mountain at the time, including a Korean team that was making its descent after reaching the peak on Pakistan’s border with China. The Korean group lost five members, including the two Nepalese.

“They were returning from the summit when an avalanche at the Bottleneck hit them,” Ghulam Mohammad, owner of Blue Sky Travels and Tours, said. “Our liaison officer at the base camp confirmed the death of five.”

Three more deaths were confirmed by Brigadier Mohammad Akram, vice-president of Pakistan’s Adventure Foundation. “We don’t have names of dead climbers, but it has been confirmed that one Dutch, one Norwegian and one French are in the tally of dead,” he said.

It was the deadliest tragedy on K2 since 1986, when 12 climbers died from exposure. In August 1995 six people fell or disappeared during a storm, including the British climber Alison Hargreaves.

The ice fall on Friday also left about a dozen climbers stranded at the Bottleneck. A few of them were either seen or reported to have made their way back to camps high on the mountain. The seven surviving members of the Korean team had reached lower camps.

A spotter aircraft was on standby yesterday, waiting for clouds to clear, before flying over the sides of K2 to search for the missing. A team of climbers had also started to take supplies up the mountain, while helicopters were being organised to bring injured climbers down today.

Barrie

Eldrick

Eldrick Report 4 Aug 2008 19:06

Because they can. Because its there. Because there is no law against it, because they like to extend themselves, because meeting a challenge is good, because a sense of achievement is gained, because they are doing something that others can't do, because it's better than sitting in an office, because they thrive on adrenaline, because they don't want to conform to mundane banal city life, because they are ambitious, because they are getting sponsored, because....well, just because.

They know the risks.

I would love to have done it, but left it too late.

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:08

Well thats a few good points Eldrick

Because its there sounds about right



Barrie

Jenxx

Jenxx Report 4 Aug 2008 19:14

ATG for the Pakistani rescuers who put their live at risk to save and help these climbers
who climb because they can
Jenxx

Eldrick

Eldrick Report 4 Aug 2008 19:16

ATG?

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:16

Well said Jen


Barrie

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:17

And thank god Eldrick , I think lol


Barrie

Jenxx

Jenxx Report 4 Aug 2008 19:17

And thank God
Jenxx

Eldrick

Eldrick Report 4 Aug 2008 19:18

Gotcha.

Doh.

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:20

Doh.?



Barrie

Jenxx

Jenxx Report 4 Aug 2008 19:21

pmsl
Don't ask
Jenxx

Eldrick

Eldrick Report 4 Aug 2008 19:23

Doh.
Its a dear.

Jenxx

Jenxx Report 4 Aug 2008 19:24

A female deer?

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:24

Gotcha. Eldrick lol


Barrie

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:26

Doe, a deer, a female deer.

Ray, a drop of golden sun.




Barrie

Jenxx

Jenxx Report 4 Aug 2008 19:27

Who's Ray?

Barrie

Barrie Report 4 Aug 2008 19:31

Ray, a drop of golden sun.




Barrie

Eldrick

Eldrick Report 4 Aug 2008 19:36

me, a word to follow doh....

etc.

Jenxx

Jenxx Report 4 Aug 2008 19:37

I'm sure you two have been drinking lol
Jenxx