Fredrik Ericsson Killed in K2 Summit Attempt
K2 Summit Attempt Fails as Swedish Skier Fredrik Ericsson Falls to His Death
A team of climbers on K2, located at the Pakistan-China border, have descended back down to Camp 4 after one of their party, Swedish extreme skier and adventurer Fredrik Ericsson, fell 1,000 feet to his death. The accident was attributed to bad weather, which strikes very quickly on K2. After the fall, team leader Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner brought the rest of the group back down to lower altitude.
Fredrik Ericsson was also shooting footage for an upcoming film called Ski the Big 3.
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The surviving members of the team are now descending the mountain.
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner Denied K2 Summit for 3rd Time
Should the summit have been reached, Austrian climber Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner would have been the third woman in the world to rconquer all 14 of the world's highest mountains. However, the summit attempt has been called off, ending Kaltenbrunner's third attempt.
Ms Kaltenbrunner's husband, German climber Ralf Dujmovits, who had initially made the K2 climb but decided to turn back on Thursday, confirmed there had been a serious accident.
'A sad accident unfortunately occurred early this morning during the climb up to the K2 summit,' he said in a statement on Friday.