Polish climber dies in Pakistan
Polish climber Michał Ilczuk has fallen to death during an attempt to reach the yet unconquered 6,200-metre-high peak of Dih Sar in the Karakoram range, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.
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According to the Pakistani website dawn.com, Ilczuk and his team mate Jakub Bogdański, reached the base camp, together with a local tour guide. Their goal was to attack the technically harder south face of the mountain. The guide was sent back to his village at a day’s walk from the base camp. He was to return after three days to collect the two climbers.
The Polish duo got stuck at 5,800 metres. After Ilczuk’s fatal accident, Bogdański used a satellite phone to call his trekking company back home in Poland which then contacted the Polish embassy in Islamabad and a rescue mission was launched.
Bogdański was brought down to the base camp and then flown to Gilgit in an army helicopter.
Ilczuk was thirty years old. He had a fine record in mountaineering and foreign expeditions. He visited over 30 countries, including Guatemala, Nicaragua, the United States, and spent longer periods studying in South Korea, Germany and the UK.