Latest update in regards to the culmination of the Broad Peak Expedition, Lotta Hintsa posted a stunning video of the descent from one of the high camps. Interestingly, the post mentions not a single word about Denis, who the duo has decided to leave alone in the frigid Karakorum and although Denis would be a happier man dealing with just the mountain, a word or two of appreciation for him would have been nicer to read. It also becomes rather mandatory after Denis decided to quit the summit attempt only to stay with the ‘sick’ Don Bowie.
“It was a hard decision to make because in BC you tell yourself till the last minute that you’re ok even when you feel like your lungs are collapsing and you don’t notice when you hit your toes with your ice axe. In the end Don’s reasoning as my coach that it’s better to recover as soon as possible and start training for the next big event (this summer!!) than wait for a miracle and watch your health deteriorate in BC made sense to me”Lotta writes on her Instagram
Ironically, waiting for a miracle and watch your health deteriorate in the BC is essentially what it requires to take down a winter 8000er. The two climbers were rescued by Pakistan Army Aviation Helicopters for which Lotta didn’t mince any words in appreciation.
“Health wise, I’m quite ok, and even though the press considers me “rescued”, I was perfectly capable and willing to walk out on my own feet at the end of the expedition. The Pakistan Military helicopter pilots who were there to evacuate my climbing partner Don were gracious enough to invite me to fly out with them. These pilots are seriously the best in the world and I can tell you that Don is extremely grateful that they got him to medical care for his pneumonia.”Lotta writes on her Instagram
Denis remains the last man standing at the Broad Peak Base Camp. We wish him Best of Luck in this gigantic undertaking.