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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...


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