Marty Schmidt — K2 tragedy

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From: Marty Schmidt
Date: 29 July 2013 16:20:44 EEST
Subject: Marty Schmidt — K2 tragedy
Reply-To: Marty Schmidt

For nearly four years I’ve sent out Marty’s dispatches… and today I have to send out the one that I dreaded most. It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that both Marty and Denali have been killed in an avalanche on K2.

I’ve been away for a week and before I left, Marty asked me to make sure somebody else would be able to receive news from him during my absence. He sent my colleague two texts last week and when I came in the office today I was keen to get those out to you. I secretly hoped for a call from the summit soon as Marty had indicated that they might aim for a final push on the 28th or 29th. In his messages Marty referred to bad weather and heavy snowfall and how they were planning to climb to Camp 3 on the 26th of July to assess the situation to see if they could carry on. He also expressed his excitement, again, to form the first father and son team to reach the summit of K2
Before I could share these messages with you, news started to trickle through about Marty and Denali missing on the mountain. We spent the afternoon trying to get a clearer picture of what happened, as I was reluctant to base any information on snippets that quickly spread over the internet. With all his experience and skills the rumours simply couldn’t be true. But eventually I managed to talk to Chris Warner at K2 BC and he confirmed that on the 26th of July Marty and Denali decided to climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3, while the other climbers on the mountain opted to abandon their attempts and return to BC. Chris was in contact with Marty and Denali before nightfall, but couldn’t establish contact on the 27th. Eventually two Sherpa climbers went up to look for Marty and Denali and when one of them made it to Camp 3 he saw that the camp had been hit by a large avalanche. He found crampons and ice axes belonging to Marty and Denali, indicating that they probably weren’t climbing when the avalanche struck. Chris told me they were most likely hit during their sleep and have been buried under the snow.
There will be no further search parties going up. The conditions are too dangerous and all activity on K2 has been suspended.

We all know that mountaineering comes with risks, especially at high altitude, but somehow Marty seemed ‘invincible’. Everybody he climbed with praised his decision making skills, his dedication to safety and his ability to enthuse and inspire those around him. Whenever Marty walked into the office here at Macpac, there was energy in the air. He loved talking gear and discussing potential improvements, and he couldn’t stop telling us how cool the kit was that we gave him. He loved sharing his past and upcoming adventures with us. And he sure loved playing a quick game of table tennis in the staff room with more energy you can wave a stick at. Energy…

I also remember sitting down with Marty to discuss some sponsorship details ages ago and he managed to down one and a half jug of coffee… all by himself. It didn’t seem to bother him one bit! More recently I questioned him why he didn’t want the coffee I offered him, and he simply replied that he had been climbing with a client who didn’t like coffee, which made him realise he didn’t need it either. So he just stopped drinking coffee. Willpower…

When Marty was asked to do a presentation on his incredible ascents of Makalu, G1 and G2 we spent several evenings together sifting through thousands of photos while yapping away about climbing, family, life… anything really. We stayed up very late and Marty just couldn’t stop telling me cool stories and I couldn’t stop listening. Inspirational…

I could go on and on, sharing random thoughts about a very dear friend of mine. A dear friend who I will miss very much (including the bear-hugs I got from him every time he returned from a trip).

Marty was incredibly proud to climb together with Denali and share his passion for the mountains with him — I was looking forward to meeting Denali one day here in New Zealand. Instead we have to come to grips with this enormous tragedy. I wish everybody who knew Marty and/or Denali strength to deal with this loss. There’s no doubt in my mind that they both want us to continue to enjoy the beautiful mountains and pursue great adventures. The next time I’m heading out there, I’ll be thinking of you guys.


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Марти Шмидт пропал на К2

Марти Шмидт и его сын Денали Шмидт пропали в районе 3 лагеря на К2.

Тот самый Марти, который оказал нам, мягко говоря, неоценимую помощь на Макалу. Тот самый Марти, который не дал случиться побоищу в базовом лагере Эвереста в этом мае (и остался в тени).

Я не знаю другого такого человека, который настолько же добр и бескорыстен, насколько силён. Я молюсь всем атеистическим богам чтобы он и его сын Денали всё-таки нашлись…

Isle of Skye

10-месячная скалолазка из Севастополя покорила высшую точку Шотландии — гору Ben Nevis






Не обошлось без помощи отца, который нёс её на себе. Мать спортсменки паслась рядом и своевременно обеспечивала её энергетическим высокогорным парным молоком.

Восхождение официально зафиксировано Председателем ФАиС Шотландии MacDonald of Glencoe.

Однако теперь Федерация Альпинизма Шотландии намерена рассмотреть вопрос о поднятии минимально допустимого возраста спортсменов для восхождений на высшую точку Соединённого Королевства.

Ночные спасательные работы, Куш-Кая, +1

На стене горы Куш-Кая «застрял» турист. Оперативно выехали, по дороге прояснилась ситуация — отдыхающий в кемпинге из Луганска решил подняться на вершину горы Куш-Кая по кулуару между вершинами Куш-Кая и Айя. В ходе восхождения он ушёл на восток и забрался на сложные скалы. Это парня не остановило и он полез дальше, пока не упёрся в нависающий участок стены (V-VI категории трудности) левее маршрута «Подошва».

Дефендер на вершине Куш-Каи. Внизу видны огни Орлиного и Ласпи

Дефендер на вершине Куш-Каи. Внизу видны огни Орлиного и Ласпи

На известном по предыдущим сериям спасомобиле мы заехали на вершину Куш-Каи когда уже стемнело. Провесив 160-170 метров перил (последний 30 метров по вертикальной местами нависающей стене), пострадавший был обнаружен на крошечной полке.

На этой "полке" был обнаружен пострадавший. Выше - скалы V-VI категории. Под ним - 200-метровая ночная стена Куш-Каи. Снято на айфон.

На этой «полке» был обнаружен пострадавший. Выше — скалы V-VI категории. Под ним — 200-метровая ночная стена Куш-Каи. Снято на айфон.

Парню повезло в том что у него была альпинистская подготовка, мобильный телефон и связь с кемингом, откуда оперативно вызвали спасателей коммунально аварийно-спасательной службы Севастополя и спасение пришло без задержек.

конец спасработ

конец спасработ

В 00:21 пострадавший был поднят на вершину, затем доставлен на смотровую площадку Ласпинского перевала и передан работниками кемпинга.

Плюс один…






Мыс Айя