Don Bowie et Lotta Nakyva secourus au Pakistan

L’alpiniste canadien Don Bowie et sa partenaire la finnoise Lotta Nakyva ont été secourus alors qu’ils tentaient le Broad Peak en hiver. Le duo a été évacué par l’armé Pakistanaise alors qu’ils étaient de retour au camp de base. Don et Lotta faisaient partie d’une équipe internationale dirigée par Denis Urubko. Selon les propos recueillis par le Club Alpin pakistanais, les deux comparses se sont retrouvés coincés à 6600m d’altitude pendant 2 jours à cause d’une tempête. Ils ont commencé à souffrir du mal aiguë des montagnes et, après être redescendu, ont appelé des secours. On ne craint pas pour leur vie et on s’attend à une guérison complète.

Don Bowie est l’un des rares canadiens à avoir atteint le sommet du K2. Il est originaire de l’Ontario bien qu’il demeure depuis belle lurette aux USA. On en sait bien peu sur la carrière de grimpeuse de Lotta Nakyva… sinon qu’elle a été Miss Finlande en 2013!

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UPDATE: Broad Peak / K2 Winter Expedition. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY FOR THE CORRECT DETAILS. This video was taken on Broad Peak yesterday morning at 6900m as I descended the mountain for the last time.Throughout this entire expedition I fought every day as hard as I could, climbing in the bitter cold day in and day out, staying commited and focused and determined to summit. However, I did not mentioned it here on Instagram, but ever since my early chest infections my coughing has become worse and worse. Each night my lungs became more congested, my coughing fits more frequent and violent. Yesterday, at Camp 3, I finally threw in the towel and quit this expedition. I had to get some medical attention- enough is enough- and I need to think about my future health. Denis and I climbed back.down to base camp, and I called my insurance company and explained the situation. They immediately sent a helicopter and flew me out. I am now at the hospital, and x-rays confirm that I have been operating for sometime now with bronchial pneumonia- the doctor says I have likely had it the entire expedition- a result of the early infections. For now, I'm just grateful to be down and getting treatment. Other quick details with more info later: 1) I do not and never have had HAPE. Period. In base camp I thought it was bronchitis. But it's pneumonia. 2) There are storms and high winds forecast for (at least) the next 12 days making summit improbable before then. 3) Denis remained on the mountain to try again. GO DENIS WE ARE CHEERING FOR YOU!!! 4) @lottahintsa assessed the weather situation and determined to also leave the expedition- she told me she will post updates on her profile starting tomorrow. 5) I will post more in the days to come, but for now I just want thank each one of you for following us on this expedition- all your encouragement really means the world to me. Thank you and stay tuned for lots of pics and video now that we have proper WIFI. Don- – – – – #mountaineering #climbinglife #noteverest #nooxygen @montage.tv #highaltitudeexperience #adventure #climbhigher #alpinizm #karakoram #k2 #k2winter #broadpeak #alpinista #wspinaczkalodowa

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