German Climber Dies on Shishapangma

Leader gets frostbit during rescue


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A German climber died on Shishapangma in Tibet after developing severe altitude sickness on the descent. The unidentified climber from Bavaria had reached the 8,013-meter summit of the mountain with a six-person team from Amical alpin when he began showing signs of high-altitude pulmonary edema, and, later, high-altitude cerebral edema. Despite his team’s efforts to treat him and move him to a lower altitude, the climber passed away at 7,500 meters, according to ExplorersWeb.

Expedition leader Thomas Laemmle, who headed up the rescue, suffered frostbite on his toes in the attempt, and said he would scrap plans to climb Everest this season.

American climber Alex Lowe died on Shishapangma in 1999 in a massive avalanche.

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