Two Kiwi climbers go missing while attempting to scale K-2

Published: July 29, 2013
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The climbers had wanted to summit K-2 after successfully climbing Broad Peak earlier. PHOTO: FILE

The climbers had wanted to summit K-2 after successfully climbing Broad Peak earlier. PHOTO: FILE

Two New Zealanders who had come to Pakistan on a mountaineering expedition were reported missing on Sunday, confirmed an official of the Alpine Club of Pakistan.

Martin Walter Schmidt and Denali Walter Schmidt went missing on the afternoon of July28 while on an expedition to scale the world’s second highest mountain, K-2 (8,611 metres).

Martin along with his son Denali had successfully reached Camp III at 7,400 metres on July25 even though the rest of the climbers had decided to descend the peak.

The accompanying Sherpas had turned back because of adverse weather conditions and the threat of being hit by an avalanche. Avalanches had reportedly struck Camp IV, present at 8000 metres.

On the afternoon of July26, base camp group leader Australian Christopher Mellor Madden Warner lost contact with the Kiwi mountaineers.

A Nepali Sherpa, who was sent to Camp III a day later to ascertain the location of the Kiwi mountaineers, reported on July28 that they were nowhere to be seen in the Camp III tent.

He further said that the tent showed signs of having been hit by an avalanche. However, the mountaineer’s ice axes and crampons were found intact.

Search for the missing mountaineers is set to start tomorrow with assistance from the base camp.

Martin and Denali were on a mission to summit K-2 after successfully climbing Broad Peak two weeks earlier.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Silas
    Jul 29, 2013 - 12:36AM

    Why is everyone suddenly going missing? Is something fishy going on? Kidnapped maybe?

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  • Faisal
    Jul 29, 2013 - 12:54AM

    How many mountaineers are killed in the last one month? Can’t they take extra precautionary measures?

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  • shafiq islam
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:09AM

    Something’s really not adding up here. To many gone missing in the past 2 weeks and this is all followed after a terrorist attack which killed 10 mountaineers . Its for sure kidnapping for ransom or terrorists will use them for negotiating other terrorists release. Government please help rescue these people.
    For time being I would advice all foreigners to leave these areas. So many people just can’t go missing.

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  • Affan
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:21AM

    Sad..

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  • Me
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:34AM

    Is there any indication of warming weather leading to adverse conditions on these peaks?

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  • Blithe
    Jul 29, 2013 - 1:45AM

    Nepali Sherpas in Pakistan??

    Don’t we have local Sherpas?

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  • ASQ
    Jul 29, 2013 - 3:43AM

    This season is turning out to be disaster!!!!

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  • Alann
    Jul 29, 2013 - 4:25AM

    10 foreigners killed a month ago
    Since Then:
    Italians “survived because they took a different route than the militants”
    Egyptians gone missing
    Iranians gone missing
    Spaniards gone missing
    New Zealanders gone missing

    I wonder how many more people of how many more countries are gonna go missing.

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  • A Pakistani
    Jul 29, 2013 - 5:21AM

    @ Alann
    The people missing is because of the difficult terrain and harsh weather on the world’s highest mountain range – the roof of the world. Only the brave people dare to climb it.
    The Taliban incident was an isolated incident targeted to malign Pakistan and scare away the expeditioners. But those who dare don’t care about these threats!

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  • Skhan
    Jul 29, 2013 - 5:28AM

    Put a ban till you secure the area from terrorists…
    But this one looks like weather related.

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  • The Khan-Waterloo,Ontario
    Jul 29, 2013 - 6:52AM

    I can’t believe some people here are thinking this is in anyway related to militants. They were gone missed WHILE SCALING THE k2. That would mean TTP must have mountaineering equipment and stuff. Not possible

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  • Usman Anwar
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:18AM

    Weather is harsh this summer and these are the biggest peaks in the world.Accidents happen in such terrain,always have and will continue in foreseeable future.Our media has only just started to report such climbing incidents.I am sure no criminal activity is going on.People lets not get ahead of ourselves, we should pray for the safe return of these climbers and avoid putting such comments which may harm our already endangered tourism industry.

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  • Ali
    Jul 29, 2013 - 7:39AM

    @A Pakistani:
    you are funny pakistani still you never said the truth.at least you should feel sad for those who lost the life by militants.

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  • Ashkenazi
    Jul 29, 2013 - 9:28AM

    @Silas:
    Hold your horses. It is due to bad weather.

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  • Gora
    Jul 29, 2013 - 10:47AM

    I think TTP have best climbers in the world

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  • Khan Jr
    Jul 29, 2013 - 2:48PM

    K2 is known to be a killer mountain and has already taken the lives of cointless many. For every four climbers who have reached its summit, one has died in the attempt. It’s the only bravest of mountaineers who dare to climb it.
    it very sad to hear that two more valinat sportmen have fallen to the ‘widow maker’ mountain.

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  • rob
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:53AM

    People. The Sherpas turned around. It’s K2. The conditions were known to be unstable and that’s all we know. Chill.

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  • will
    Jul 31, 2013 - 3:22AM

    @Silas:

    Not too many kidnappers lurking around at 7400 meters on K2.

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  • Noonan
    Aug 2, 2013 - 2:45AM

    @Blithe:

    There are Pakistani porters (sherpa is an ethnicity) and they do work these peaks. But so do the Nepalese.

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