Back in August, tragedy struck K2, the world’s second highest mountain, when an avalanche swept down its upper slopes. A climber died, the crucial fixed ropes on the Bottleneck were yanked off, and 17 climbers from around the world were marooned.
IPemba Gyalje Sherpan the midst of this disaster, one of the worst in mountaineering history, a 34-year-old Sherpa named Pemba Gyalje Sherpa descended the treacherous Bottleneck couloirs at night to Camp IV. He realized that to bivouac above 27,000 feet was sheer folly and certain death with frigid temperatures and a lack of oxygen.
The next day he set back up K2 to rescue his stranded team members. He managed to bring Italian Marco Confortola down to safety then went back up to save his team leader Wilco van Rooijen from the Netherlands, finding him lost and frostbitten.
For his extreme heroism under trying extreme circumstances, National Geographic Adventure named Pemba one of their fourteen 2008 Adventurers of the Year. For more about Pemba and K2, read The Savior and the Storm on K2 by Christian DeBenedetti at the Natl Geo Adventure website.
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 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
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 115h, 2008 / 2:02 pm Having read accounts of what you did on K2, you are a very courageous and strong person and an inspiration for what is good in this world. Than 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 22nd, 2008 / 2:23 pm Pemba, you, like the others Sherpa, have been the Heroes there. We will not forget it. Balba Read More