Don Bowie updated his Instagram today with announcement of calling off the expedition. He, along with Lotta Hintsa has already been airlifted from Broad Peak Base Camp by his insurance company, leaving Denis alone in the wild and unforgiving Karakorum.
Bowie reiterated that he had been facing breathing and severe coughing problem since the start of the expedition yet he carried on without any complains, but as things got worse, it was time for him to quit and get immediate medical help.
“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. 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 some time 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”Bowie wrote on his Instagram
Bowie wrote on his Instagram
This is contrary to what Denis wrote on Facebook the previous day claiming Bowie is suffering from Pulmonary Edema- an acute sickness of lungs caused by high altitude. Apparently this threw Bowie off the hook hitting back with strong-worded clarification.
Denis is now alone in the Base Camp of Broad Peak with possibly only the Cook, the helper and a Liaison Officer. Bowie also claimed that a summit success in the next few days is highly unlikely because of the bad weather forecasts.
“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”Bowie wrote on his Instagram
If Denis decides to proceed with the expedition, this will mark the first ever solo attempt of an 8000er in winters in the history of high altitude mountaineering.