Two S Korean climbers killed in Himalayas

Last Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 13:18

Seoul: Two South Koreans fell to their deaths
while climbing a treacherous course in the Himalayas, weeks
after three colleagues went missing and were presumed dead,
mountain authorities said on Saturday.

Kim Hyung-Il, 43, leader of the K2 Extreme team, and Chang
Ji-Myeong were killed yesterday when they fell as they were
ascending on the notorious Cholatse north face, the Korean
Alpine Federation said.

Their bodies were later recovered by two colleagues who
left the base camp in search of them after radio contact was
lost.

Kim and Chang, who had set an ambitious goal of covering
the roundabout course to reach the 6,440-meter Cholatse`s
summit within 36 hours, were killed at an altitude of 5,100
meters.

Earlier this month, Kim postponed a plan to climb Cholatse
and joined rescue efforts for the three South Korean
mountaineers who went missing on October 18 and were presumed
dead while trying to scale the Annapurna peak.

South Korean climbers reportedly feel pressure from their
sponsoring companies to achieve outstanding feats by setting
some records or attempting ascents on dangerous courses.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 13:18
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