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More K2 summits: Bem, Hamor, Cadiach and Stangl

Posted: Aug 02, 2012 03:53 am EDT

(Newsdesk) More news of summiteers are trickling in through the K2 grapevine. Latest from their home team is that Pavel Bem (CZ) and Peter Hamor (SK) reached the top of K2 at 11:15 am local time today.

ExplorersWeb recently ran an in-depth interview with star mountaineer Peter Hamor.

Readers might recall Prague's Mayor Pavel Bem who really had to fight for his Everest summit in 2007.

First the 43rd mayor of the Czech Republic’s capital had to obtain approval from the City Council for a two-month unpaid leave which raised criticism, including from President Vaclav Klaus, while supporters pointed out that the climb would promote Prague, which was actually one of his mayoral tasks.

Then he was refused entry in Tibet, reportedly for being too outspoken against Communism. Bem refused to surrender and finally bagged the peak from Nepal instead.

Bem's success on K2 is bittersweet as he lost his Everest climbing partner to the peak only months after their summit success. Nima Nuru Sherpa died on K2 in fall 2007.

Desnivel.com report Oscar Cadiach topped out K2. Readers might recall K2's 50th anniversary of the first ascent in 2004, when - while hundreds of climbers crowded the Abruzzi Spur - a Catalan team led by Oscar Cadiach went for one of the most demanding routes: the Magic Line, with only one previous ascent.

They were different, and they wanted to be with a Jolly Roger Pirate flag signaling their base camp. Jordi Corominas summit became a thriller when he got beyond the point of no return, his option to summit or die. He made it, and survived a 48-hour non-stop climb. And then the Magic boys lost one of their own, the soothing element in their group, the character who contributed most to keep them all together: Manel de la Mata, who died in Oscar's arms.

Also on top today, Christian Stangl, hopefully for real this time.

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Readers might recall 2004, when a Catalan team led by Oscar Cadiach went for K2's Magic Line. Cadiach got his summit this year at last.
Image by K2 Magic Line courtesy K2 Magic Line, SOURCE
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