Published on August 9th, 2013 | by adventuremag

Tribute to Marty and Denali Schmidt

On the 29th of July the news broke: Marty, 53, and his 25-year old son Denali were missing. They had not been seen since an avalanche hit Camp 3 on the 8,611-metre mountain. Sentiments have poured in from around the world at the tragic loss of these two experienced climbers. British climber Adrian Hayes has shared the following message from K2 Base Camp.
“Our fears on the fate of New Zealand mountain guide Marty Schmidt and his son Denali – who climbed up from Camp 2 to Camp 3 last Friday as we all returned to Base Camp due to the dangerous snow conditions – was sadly confirmed last night when two of our sherpas reached Camp 3 to find it wiped out by an avalanche.”
Although we all embrace the notion ‘They died doing what they loved’ no one ever sets out intentionally to put themselves at risk. Marty and Denali Schmidt were obviously well aware of the risks and calculated them with experience, knowledge and care. But the balancing act of doing what we love and the risk that it entails is often difficult and at times completely impossible. There is a quote that says ‘Time and chance happen to all men’ – whether crossing the road, riding a bike or climbing a mountain, sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time outweighs all the experience and knowledge in the world. The Adventure Magazine team sends its heartfelt commiserations to their friends and family at this tragic loss.


Images courtesy of Macpac and Suunto

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