Search Team Fails to Find Missing Climber on Pobeda

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Searchers scour Pobeda Peak in the Tien Shan for missing climber Mehri Jafari, missing since Aug. 4. Photo: Albert Kovacs

A search team made up of volunteers Alex Stone, Albert Kovacs, and Peter Vitez were dropped early today by helicopter at the location on Pobeda Peak where Mehri Jafari was last seen.

The Iranian-British solo climber went missing last Wednesday at about 6,000m on the 7,439m mountain, the highest in Kyrgyzstan. One report stated that she fell, but this was unconfirmed.

Albert Kovacs has just posted on Instagram that they were unable to find her. It is now night in Kyrgyzstan.

A Soviet team first climbed Pobeda in 1943. Since then, many have perished on its slopes. Even Ak-Sai Travel, the local tour company that guides climbers on Pobeda, and which provided base camp logistics for Jafari, describes the climb as “exhausting and dangerous”.

Climbers pass a crevasse on Pobeda Peak. Photo: Albert Kovacs

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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago

Mehri herself wrote in July that it is dangerous; however, I hope that these brave men will continue to search for her if it is not too dangerous for them. From what I read about and from her so far, she seems to be such a likeable, remarkable woman that fought so much for other people’s rights, ran marathons for good causes etc… “After experiencing three challenging days, I came back to the Basecamp in one piece… then stuck here for two days because of the heavy and constant snowing. I have a small injury on my right hand (fixed… Read more »

Marie
Marie
1 month ago

Hamed Razzaghi reports that the Iranian team just turned off their radio and continued climbing for days after they were informed of Mehri’s fall and told by the Base Camp Manager to look for her. Unbelievable! The report is written in Arabic and continues in the comments section. There is also a video of a body being transported down by Russian speakers, but it is not clear whether it is Mehri’s body or not. Arabian speakers, can you please clarify? Thank you in advance. https://www.instagram.com/p/CSWd0kMghPL/?hl=de

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

PS: The account is written in Persian.

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Apy
Apy
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

The full report is now available in English (not google translate)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CSWc7Y-ArG4/?utm_medium=copy_link

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago
Reply to  Apy

Thank you for pointing it out to me. Is it not a shame that the members of the Iranian team just turned off their radio and continued climbing? One ought to sue them for failure to render assistance. I so hope that the rescuers find Mehri alive, but admittedly the chances are slim.

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

It seems to me that another climber from Iran named Reza Adineh is also missing in the region. The video where the men transport the body seems to be from and of a rescue operation conducted by Reza. So in fact, 2 climbers from Iran need to be searched for.

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Aveen Solis
Aveen Solis
1 month ago
Reply to  Marie

Where is this video?

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Pawel
Pawel
1 month ago
Reply to  Apy

this video is from 26th July (or older) so not related to current situation.

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago
Reply to  Pawel

It appears to be a video where Reza, who is now missing himself, helps to bring a deceased climber’s body down. You hear him speaking in the background. They posted it to show that he who has helped others might now need help himself.

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Marie
Marie
1 month ago

I have been browsing Mehri’s Facebook page for half an hour now, and I can only say: What a remarkable, wonderful woman she must have been – someone to look up to, befriend, hug and be inspired by, someone that makes you want to change your own life instantaneously. While it is devastating that she seems to have gone forever, it is somewhat comforting that her great passion for life and justice will surely live on in the hearts of others.
https://m.facebook.com/mehri.jafari.779?tsid=0.16562796890573295&source=result

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[…] to locate Jafari by friends, family, and rescue volunteers remain ongoing. Much controversy and difficulty have surrounded Mehri’s recovery, largely […]

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