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2008-08-05 21:00:08

By Larry Altman If it wasn't for a mistake, Hermosa Beach resident Nick Rice might be among the dead climbers on K2 in Pakistan. The 23-year-old adventurer who attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach was boiling water on Friday and spilled some of the liquid on his socks. It meant he had to stay behind to let them dry and catch up later with the rest of the expedition in the bitter cold. Eleven of his colleagues attempting to reach the 28,250-foot summit of the world's...

2008-08-05 18:00:12

By Stephen Graham ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Blinded by the glare off the snow and ice, attempting a perilous descent down K2 to save his life, the Dutch mountaineer came upon three Korean climbers. One sat dazed. Another held a rope. The third was suspended at the other end, hanging upside down. "They were trying to survive," the Dutch mountaineer, Wilco van Rooijen, recalled Monday, "but I had also to survive because I was getting snow blind." He said he offered help but they declined,...

2008-08-05 09:00:19

By Stephen Graham Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A helicopter plucked two frostbitten Dutch climbers from K2 on Monday after an avalanche and exposure left at least 11 people presumed dead on the world's second-highest mountain. An Italian who was also stranded made his way down the slope with a rescue team after telling a colleague, "I am surely not going to give up now." One of the rescued men, Wilco Van Rooijen, blamed mistakes in preparation for the final ascent -- not just...

2008-08-05 00:00:11

By Andrew Buncombe Asia Correspondent AN ITALIAN climber who fought the twin perils of exhaustion and freezing temperatures on the world's deadliest mountain was last night rescued as he struggled alone in darkness down the slopes of K2. While authorities said they believed 11 other climbers perished on the peak known as "Killer Mountain" over the weekend, they confirmed that a rescue team had found Marco Confortola late yesterday evening and were escorting him down the slopes. His hands...