Breaking - Annapurna avalanche: K2 west face legend caught

Posted: Oct 08, 2012 04:32 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Lena Laletina reported to ExplorersWeb that two teams - an Uzbek expedition led by Iljas Tukhvatullin and a Russian group led by Gleb Sokolov have been attempting the North Face of Annapurna.

The Uzbeks went the normal route, while the Russians hoped to climb a new line near it. Today news arrived that an avalanche hit Iljas Tukhvatullin's group yesterday between C1 and C2. The huge snowmass hit at 3 pm. Iljas and Ivan Lobanov were both burried, only one climber was not caught. After trying to find his mates the mountaineer climbed back 150 meters to C2, and then down again to C1 from where he radioed BC.

Gleb Sokolov and his group are asceding from BC today to try and find somebody. RussianClimb report it was not a serac crash, but the whole icy slope fell down, perhaps as a result of earthquake.


The current Annapurna attempts were led by Gleb Sokolov (bottom left) and Iljas Tukhvatullin (right second from top). Poster of K2 west face summiteers compiled by ExplorersWeb.