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Aftenposten Nettutgaven First published: 04 Aug 2008, 10:39
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Climbers killed on K2

Rolf Bae was near the summit of the world’s second highest peak K2, when an avalanche of ice tore him and at least eight other climbers off the mountain.

Mountaineer Rolf Bae was killed on K2 as he was descending on Friday.

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The 33 year-old was descending to Camp 4, 8000 metres above sea level with his companions when a fall of ice struck him at 8200 metres.

Bae’s wife, polar explorer and mountaineer Cecilie Skog and two other members of the Norwegian expedition, were eyewitnesses to what happened.

Two members of the team had reached the summit earlier on Friday. Spokesman for the K2 expedition, Bjørn Sekkesæter, does not want to say who reached the top.

At least nine climbers died and several are missing in the accident. This is the worst single day in the mountain’s history for more than 20 years..

A great block of ice came loose, sweeping the nine mountaineers with it, wrecking the section of the route known as the Bottleneck.

The climbers left above the Bottleneck are now considering climbing down on the opposite side of the mountain in China.

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