Mountaineer Sergi Mingote has died during a climb of K2, the second highest summit on the planet, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday (Jan 16).
“Sad death of Sergi Mingote on K2. He wanted to keep on making history by being part of the first expedition to climb this mountain in winter and a tragic accident ended his life,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter, describing him as a “great sportsman”.
News of his death came as a team from Nepal claimed the first-ever winter ascent of Pakistan’s K2.
It was the last peak above 8,000m to be topped in wintertime.
The euphoria of the historic first winter of K2 is, unfortunately, extremely short-lived: a few hours after news of the successful summit at the hands of 10 Nepalese mountaineers, the devastating news just in is that Sergi Mingote died earlier today. The 49-year-old Spanish mountaineer was attempting to climb the second highest mountain in the world without supplementary oxygen.
Sergi Mingote died due to a fall in the expedition to K2 as he descended from Camp 1 to the Advanced Base Camp and slipped.
During this day there was speculation about the state of health of the mountaineer in Parets del Vallès and it was only known that he was very serious and unconscious and that the rescue teams had been activated to proceed with the evacuation.
In the Himalayas, however, it was getting dark and this made it difficult to rescue the helicopter .
The crash took place about four in the afternoon local time.
According to information provided by Chhang Dawa Sherpa from Base Camp, Mingote suddenly fell while descending from Camp 1 (6050m) towards Advanced Base Camp. Chhang Dawa Sherpa explained:
Unfortunately we lost Sergi !
Best climber and very good friend of us.
While descending from C1 to Basecamp he suddenly fell down to Advance Basecamp.
Alex Gavan, Tamara and two other polish climber gave him help in ABC, we sent medical team from Basecamp but unfortunately could not save him anymore.
We where informed by unexpected movement on his gps tracker and could see he made a big fall, members at the site quickly confirmed the accident, but couldn’t do much to help him anymore.
The expert Catalan had climbed seven 8000ers without supplemantary oxygen at a mind-boggling speed: Broad Peak, K2 and Manaslu in 2018, Lhotse, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum II and Dhaulagiri in 2019, as well as Everest from Tibet in 2001 and from Nepal in 2003.
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