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Tragedy and Triumph on Winter K2 as Sherpas Claim Last Great Himalayan Prize

Tragedy and Triumph on Winter K2 as Sherpas Claim Last Great Himalayan Prize

According to preliminary accounts, Mingote fell while descending below Camp 1 (19,965 feet) after a night spent higher on the mountain. K2 is the last of the word’s 14 highest peaks to be scaled in winter, an accomplishment many regarded as the last great first in Himalayan mountaineering. That prize now goes to a team composed mostly of Sherpa men who started their climbing careers as high-altitude porters. The summit team also included Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chhiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa, and Dawa Tenjing Sherpa. Mingote was descending to base camp when he fell from a point below Camp 1 almost to Advanced Base Camp.