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Spanish Mountaineer Sergi Mingote dies while descending K2

Spanish Mountaineer Sergi Mingote

Just an hour after it was announced that a group of 10 Sherpas have managed to ascend K2 in winter for the first time, the death of Spanish climber Sergi was confirmed

The mountaineer Sergi Mingote, trying to reach field 3 of the K2 in an image of his Twitter published this Friday.

The Spaniard Sergi Mingote, 49, who was part of a team of mountaineers to crown the top of K2 in winter, died after suffering a fall while descending to base camp. The fall of Mingote has occurred after a historical milestone: 10 Nepalese have subdued the last of the eight thousand (8,611m) that remained to be conquered in winter.

The 10 climbers are Nirmal Purja, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzing Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Tempba Sherpa, Mingma G, Dawa Tenjin Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa and Sona Sherpa. That was also the challenge of the Catalan Sergi Mingote, embarked on a mission of high difficulty that finally ended his life, although precisely in the descent, far from the dream of the top that he could not reach.

ergi Mingote challenged himself to reach for the first time in winter the top of the K2, the second highest peak in the world, but after achieving their goal with the rest of the mountaineers who made up the expedition, bad news arrives. The Spanish would have suffered an accident during the descent from the C3 al Base Camp. So has reported Fernando J. Pérez, journalist from The mail, of this setback that has the unconscious mountaineer and that has the whole world of this sport in suspense. Hours later his death has been confirmed.

Four Nepalese serpas reached this Friday the highest point ever reached in winter in K2, of 8,611 meters. They have broken the previous winter challenge of 7,750 meters, as reported Karrar haidri, spokesperson for the Alpine Club of Pakistan, country where the mountain is located. It is the same expedition of 49 members promoted by the Nepalese company Seven Summit Treks, co-led by the Nepalese Chhang Dawa and Mingote.

The mountaineer has suffered that accident in which he has also injured his leg, which is why he could not continue. So far, only seven attempts have been made to summit K2 in winter, and it was only possible to get beyond Camp 3, where Mingote was descending at the time of the accident. The biggest problems at this peak are the wind and low temperatures, which can reach 200 km / h and 50 degrees below zero. The Spanish expedition slept yesterday at this point in order to go down to Base Camp. Days later they intended to continue with the ascent with better conditions.

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