Pakistan army has rescued Canadian and Finnish mountaineers stranded at Broad Peak, Baltoro Glacier in Gilgit-Baltistan.
While using a helicopter, Pakistan Army rescued Canadian citizen Donald Allen Brownie and Finland citizen Ms. Lotta Henrikka Nakyva, who were stranded during the ascent due to altitude sickness, which is characterized by nausea, headache, dizziness, and exhaustion. The pictures released by the Pakistan Army showed that the climbers were unscathed and healthy.
The two climbers were part of the winter expedition to 26,000 feet or 8000 meters Broad Peak – the world’s 12th highest mountain. Nakyva, who is also a former Finnish beauty Queen in 2013, shared her ordeal in an Instagram post.
“We got caught in a storm. My right hand was going numb, along with my toes. I was frozen to my core. We kept on climbing until somewhere around 6600m when Don decided to set camp,” Nakyva wrote in an Instagram post.
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#BPK2update: Expedition over. Shit happens, please no apologies or pity, I’ve already got my sights on the next project. ❄ 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. ❄ Anyhow, I was not healthy enough to have attempted the summit (coughing, chest pain, back pain, bleeding nose for 7 weeks…), especially after looking at the forecast of 150km/h summit wind until almost the end of our expedition (porters arrive feb. 22.). After the bad weather, even with miracle luck, I wouldn’t have had the time to summit with the acclimatization and experience I have… oh, and my toes have also been numb for six weeks so I kind of risked losing them too. ❄ It was a hard decision to make because in BC you tell yourself til 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. ❄ So stay tuned for the summer news! Meanwhile, I’ll keep posting stuff from this winter and other training climbs 🙂 Video: @donbowie ❄ #allureofaltitude #highaltitude #broadpeak #winterexpedition #winter #expedition
“Long story short, we stayed there for 2 nights, all digits alive, COLD, we ran out of food, low on gas (dehydration), took a beating from some winds when coming down but eventually got down yesterday to basecamp,” she added.
While Pakistan Army claims the other climber is a US citizen, Alpine Club has confirmed that he is originally a Canadian citizen from Alberta.
Pakistan Army Aviation's pilots have rescued two foreign mountain climbers from Broad Peak, Baltoro Glacier, in Gilgit Baltistan. According to ISPR, those rescued include US citizen Donald Allen Bowie and Finland citizen Ms Lotta Henriikka Nakyva.@OfficialDGISPR @pid_gov pic.twitter.com/B1lu4NjqxE
— Information Ministry (@MoIB_Official) February 10, 2020
Broad Peak is located in the Karakoram Ranger in the border area of India, China, and Pakistan. The Broad Peak is 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the world’s second-highest and deadly peak-K2.
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Last week, French military conferred medals on the Pakistan Army Aviation pilots who saved a French mountaineer from Nanga Parbat-the world’s ninth highest peak, in a late-night operation in 2018.
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