K2 Porter Dies at the Bottleneck – Again!

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Mohammad Hassan of Tissar, a Pakistani high-altitude porter with Lela Peak Expedition, died when a piece of serac fell at the Bottleneck (8,200m) early today. The accident took place before many climbers reached that spot. Some retreated after they saw the accident. Others just went on.

A climber who was pushing for the summit of K2 at the same time told his home team that a chunk of serac fell at around 2:30 am and somehow killed Hassan. It is unclear whether the ice struck him or whether it triggered a small avalanche that swept him fatally down, as some reports suggest.

A supporting sherpa was below the climber, at the beginning of the Bottleneck, when the accident occurred. Some climbers just went on, scrambling over the debris. Others present said that a huge, seven-hour-long traffic jam took place after the accident.

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