Urubko to the Rescue Again; Twice in 24 Hours

Denis Urubko is at it again. Yesterday, the Kazakh strongman and Sergi Mignote came to the assistance of  Saulius Damulevicius of Lithuania on the Gasherbrum Glacier. And this morning, he also assisted a Pakistani climber on the same glacier.

Damulevicius was suffering from pulmonary edema, and his climbing partner Natalia Zenina was unable to help.

Urubko and Mingote left Base Camp at 10am and reached the ailing climbers within an hour. The duo shepherded the Lithuanian down, reaching Base Camp by 3pm. Damulevicius was then evacuated by helicopter.

After the rescue, Urubko said, “We were ready for the worst.Tent, oxygen.”

Just call me doctor. Photo: Denis Urubko

 

This is Urubko’s second and third rescue in the past five days, after helping extract Francesco Cassardo on Gasherbrum VII (6,955m) earlier this week.

Lowering the stricken Pakistani climber in a makeshift sled, together with Sergi Mignote and others. Photo: Denis Urubko

 

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. His words have featured in global outlets such as The Guardian, Outside Magazine and Red Bull. He works as a public health scientist by day and writes about the outdoors in his spare time. Ash's areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, and adventure travel. For vacation Ash enjoys going on independent Arctic sledding expeditions. Read more at www.ashrouten.com


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r j ross
r j ross
2 years ago

This man, Denis Urubko, is the epitome of what climbing is all about. Unselfishly going to the aid of others in need. Kudos Sir, for showing the rest of us how it’s done!

AwesomeAndy
AwesomeAndy
2 years ago

This guy is such awesome

Trish
Trish
2 years ago

Urubko ROCKS!!! Such an outstanding man.

Thorsten
Thorsten
2 years ago

Last year when I heard that Urubko had abandoned his team during the winter expedition of K2 to try a solo ascent, I was very concerned by his selfish behaviour.
But for what he has achieved during the last days and last year at Nanga, when he and Bielecki rescued Elisabeth Revol, he deserves my recognition.
Thanks for sharing Ash.

peter page
peter page
2 years ago

Go Denis and Sergi ….Nice to see some climbers out there who still have a moral compass…RESPECT