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K2 Attempt and Tragedy

An Austrian expedition was composed of leader Edi Koblmüller, Hans Bärnthaler, Robert Strouhal, Gustav Ammerer, Herbert Hutar, Dr. Herbert Habersack and Maila Pemba Sherpa. They had hoped to climb K2 by its east face but terrible weather prevented them from getting very high. Barnthaler climbed on a subsidiary peak to take photographs on July 28. Tragically, he was carried away by a windslab avalanche and killed.