Missing on Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain”


Most of us who have some kind of connection with the mountaineering world would have been watching the developments on the search for the missing climbers, Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi over the past week.

The pair were attempting a winter ascent of the Mummery Spur on Nanga Parbat and were last heard from on February 24.

As of today, the latest is that “silhouettes” have been spotted by Spanish climber Alex Txikon on the path they would have taken, according to Mr Nardi’s Facebook page.

The search for them continued today, despite reports the men were assumed to be dead following a huge avalanche. On Wednesday the investigation was delayed again due to the Pakistani army helicopter being diverted for military purposes.

But hopes of finding them alive are fading. And the outcome is potentially even more tragic as Mr Ballard, is the son of Alison Hargreaves, who died descending from the summit of K2 in 1995 – the same year she became the first woman to conquer Everest unaided.

We decided to discuss the story on Euronews this week and I gave my opinion on the chances of finding them, and what – if they were still alive – could they be doing to survive:





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