It is known that Kim Hong-bin (57, public relations director for Kolping), a climber who climbed all 14 positions in the Himalayas for the first time in the world as a disabled person and the seventh as a Korean, went missing during the descent.
According to the Korean Mountaineering Federation on the 19th, Kim was reported to have been in distress while descending the mountain after climbing to the top of the Broad Peak (8047m) of the Karakoram Mountains in northeastern Kashmir at 4:58 pm local time in Pakistan. Kim sent a rescue request after being in distress at an altitude of 7,900 meters above sea level at 9:58 am local time.
Previously, Mr. Kim started with Gasher Bloom 2 (2006), went on to Everest (2007), K2 (2012), Manaslu (2014), and Annapurna (2018), and reached an end in 15 years.
On the 1st of last month, Kim left the country a week after the launch ceremony of the Broadpeak Expedition in Gwangju. The expedition consisted of six people, after two weeks of acclimatization to the high altitude, started climbing in earnest on the 14th and reached the 7200m point by the 16th.
Then, from 11 p.m. on the 17th, after 18 hours of continuous companionship, they reached the summit through the 1.8km west ridge. Afterwards, Kim said through the Gwangju Mountaineering Federation, “I am descending in good health.” “Thanks to those who supported me. I want to give comfort and encouragement so that the people can overcome the COVID-19 crisis well.”
Kim entered the university’s mountaineering club in 1983 and formed a relationship with the mountain. He was so promising that he was selected for overseas expeditions, but in 1991, he suffered bad luck while climbing the McKinley (6194m) solo light weight climber in North America.
He was rescued 16 hours after the accident and barely regained consciousness in 10 days, but he suffered ordeal, including amputation of all his fingers after seven surgeries. Kim climbed the mountain again six years after the accident and climbed the highest peaks of the seven continents for 12 years from 1997 to 2009. In 2002, after participating in the national alpine skiing team at the Winter Paralympic Games held in Salt Lake, USA, he continued the challenge of finishing the 14th.
Reporter Kim Yong-hee and Ahn Kwan-ok of the Hankyoreh [email protected]
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