Known for their resilience and immense mental strenght, the gigantic Russian team better known as the “Ice Warriors” have been forced to abandon the attempt to tame the mighty K-2 in winters, and the mountain remains virgin for the first successful winter ascent. The news broke the headlines earlier in the afternoon on February 6, when the Russian team reported the tragic demise of Gorelik in the Base Camp.
“Today at 11:30am Vitaly Gorelik has passed away in BC. Condolences to Vitaly’s family and friends from all members in the team.”
Gorelik had been severely frostbitten for the last two days and had been waiting evacuation by the Pakistan Millitary choppers. The evacuation, however, could not be carried out as the deadly Jetstream pounded the Karakorum the whole weekend.
After Gorelik’s death, team leader Viktor Kozlov has decided to abandon the expedition and said, “The expedition is over. All members Base Camp are preparing to head down. We’ve ordered a helicopter to airlift Vitaly’s boby, but the chopper is grounded due to bad weat
Pakistan-explorer.com expresses its deepest condolensces to Gorelik’s family. RIP