This year's National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award goes to a man who risked his life several times to save others. Pemba Gyalje Sherpa was part of the Norit K2 team on K2 August 1, when a massive serac fell off a glacier and tumbled through a section of the Cesan climbing route called the Bottleneck, stranding 17 climbers above 27,000 feet.
Pemba, who had climbed Mount Everest seven times, choose to descend the Bottleneck alone, without oxygen, following the single safety left instead of staying in the danger zone. Over the next two days, he climbed back up and saved two of his teammates.
August 8th, 2008, / 3:40pm Here we read a lot about what you did for everyone in the last few days. All the best Livia Castelli Read More
August 11th, 2008 / 1:29 am You brave and selfless actions the most difficult circumstances on the mountain, And your dignity in dealing with the aftermath, are as inspiration to Read More
August 2008 You inspire me with you courage and strength, I will try act like you and be a better person Thank you Adam Read More
August 10th, 2008 / 5:10 pm Elly Sir, I would like to express my deepest respect for your attitude, courage and skills. Elly Read More
August 11th, 2008 / 7:41 pm Dear Pemba, Thanks for what you did for the team and especially for Wilco. My deepest respect I can imagine that you will be Read More
August 21st, 2008 / 3:56 am Pemba! I read about how, over and over, you turned back, up the mountain, after barely escaping death yourself. Early in my life, I climbed medium sized peaks in Read More