By Wilco van Rooijen
WILCO VAN ROOIJEN: SURVIVING K2
Surviving days within the loss of life Zone
In the summer time of 2008 the 'Norit K2 day trip' climbed with out extra oxygen the 8611 meter excessive height of K2 in Pakistan. through the descent the excursion grew to become from triumph to tradedy. one of many greatest tradedy's in climbing historical past. Statistical each zone 'conqueror' will die at the "Killer Mountain". In 2008 eleven climbers misplaced their lifestyles. the inside track was once going over the total global from CNN, Al-Jazeera, Sky information, BBC, long island occasions etc.
Wilco van Rooijen, the Dutch day trip chief has been lacking for 3 days and quit by means of the surface international. On his final energy he got here again a lifestyles out of the 'Death Zone'. The 'Norit K2' day trip 2008 paid a excessive cost. What precisely came about that August 1, 2008? How may this tragedy have taken position?
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