Three climbers have been rescued after becoming stranded on Pakistan’s Rakaposhi. Czech climbers Jakub Vicek and Peter Macek and Pakistani Wajidullah Nagri were stranded in camp three at a height of 6,900 metres.
The three climbers were assisted by a helicopter that dropped supplies, including food and water, which helped them descend to 6,200 metres. A rescue team that consisted of pilots, military and local climbers then engaged in a multi-day operation to get the climbers down; even Gilgit-Baltistan’s ministers of tourism and finance were on hand to ensure things went smoothly.
A helicopter was able to pick the climbers up from 6,200 metres in two trips, thanks to precise flying. A number of climbers waiting at base camp didn’t have to attempt a ground rescue.
This is an amazing rescue done by likely some of the best pilots in the area. Search and rescue technicians deserve a lot of praise from climbers. Be sure to support your local search and rescue groups.
Thank you pak army and rescue team pic.twitter.com/4npw8jEves
— Karim Shah Nizari (@shahnizari) September 15, 2021