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R.I.P. Samuli Mansikka

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 06:39 pm EDT

(By Raheel Adnan) "They are psychically and mentally down. God please give them power to over come." Situation on Annapurna was still worrisome a few hours back. However, Temba Tsheri Sherpa, Managing Director at Dreamers Destination Treks and Expeditions, has just confirmed that March 24th summiteers have started reaching BC.


"Just got a call from Nima Gyalzen Sherpa at Annapurna BC now. He told me that he has just reached BC with three Chinese (Zhang Liang, Liu Honszhong, Hong Jing Doeg). Mingma G. Sherpa, Anggeli Sherpa, Zdravko Dejanovic and Reza Shahlaee are also about to reach BC. Muharrem Aydin Irmak and Gimaongchu Sherpa stayed at C2. They will be descending early morning, tomorrow. Nima will go up again to clean up the camps," he said.


Two members of the team - Samuli Mansikka and Pemba Sherpa - would never be able to come down to BC.



Samuli Mansikka: A True Mountain Man


Annapurna was eight-thousander number 10 for Samuli Mansikka. He was a true mountain man. 35 climbing/trekking/guiding expeditions all around the world in past 10 years are a depiction of his passion for mountains. 


I lead treks and expeditions everywhere in the world and share the mountain experience with groups and climbers with maybe less background. I love that, but still I consider climbing the 8000ers alone as my time-off. It gives me time to look back at my life, live in the moment and plan the upcoming.” Samuli told us in interview from K2 BC last summer.


Here are few comments about Samuli Mansikka's death from climbing community all over the world.



“There are some people who seem to live charmed lives and you think they will survive no matter what. Sammy was one of these for me,” says British climber Mark Horrell, who was with Samuli on Cholatse this fall.



“I climbed Alpamayo and K2 with Sammy. I climbed almost beside Sammy from the High Camp to the summit, him with no Os. I could barely keep up. His competence, sense of humor and grin will be sorely missed by all.” Alan Arnette wrote on his blog from USA.



“Very sad day; my mate Samuli Mansikka died after summiting Annapurna. Not often you meet such a nice guy in life and he will be missed.” Tweeted fellow climber Gavin Vickers.



“A promising career crushed when Spring was just about to start…” climber and mountaineering historian Bob A. Schelfhout Aubertijn quoted in a Facebook post.



“We had plans to attempt the North Ridge of Ama Dablam, just the two of us, after the Junkies Manaslu expedition and when Sammy had finished with his trekking groups in the fall, but now the project doesn’t seem worthwhile anymore.
I am in Kathmandu getting ready for our Everest expedition and we had already started planning the Annapurna summit party on the Junkies office roof for when he returned to Kathmandu in a few days. For all those climbers who knew and climbed with Sammy in the past, raise a glass to him tonight, as you know he would want you to.” Altitude Junkies expedition leader Phil Crampton wrote in his obituary note.



"Devastated to hear that Samuli Mansikka was lost on Annapurna on Tuesday. He was a true mountain man, a gent, as strong as an ox and the finest tent mate you could ever ask for. A sad day for all lucky enough to have known him." - Adventurer Steve Backshall



Samuli Mansikka’s Eight-Thousanders:-

1.Cho Oyu (2006, 2008, without O2)
2.Lhotse (2008, with supplemental oxygen)
3.Everest (2009, with supplemental oxygen)
4.Manaslu (2009, without O2)
5.G II (2010, without O2)
6.Dhaulagiri (2011, without O2)
7.Makalu (2013, without O2)
8.Kangchenjunga (2014, without O2)
9.K2 (2014, without O2)
10.Annapurna (2015, without O2, died on descent)



Based in Pakistan, mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for Explorersweb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at Altitude Pakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.



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Samuli Mansikka with a trekking group at Annapurna BC in Autumn 2013. He regularly led trekking expeditions to the region.