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Monday, February 6,2012

Russians Abandon K2 Winter Attempt After Team Member Dies

The talent-packed team of Russians attempting a bold winter ascent of K2suffered the death of Vitaly Gorelik today in base camp, apparently from a heart attack, and has decided to end its expedition.

“Today on 11-30 am Vitaly Gorelik died in BC. Condolences to Vitaly’s family and friends from the whole our team,” they reported on the expedition website. “The weather’s extremely bad for the fourth day: snowstorm, cloudness, the strong wind. The ordered heli couldn’t fly to BC because of the weather conditions. Now we wait the heli for the transportation Vitaly’s body.

“The expedition is over. All members in the base camp prepare the expedition gear for the transportation down.”


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