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Günter Jung -- Oldest Climber of Nanga Parbat (65) Missing on Descent

July 5 2004 at 4:25 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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A German mountaineer in his 60s was feared dead after a fall while descending Pakistan's second highest peak, Nanga Parbat, expedition officials said on Monday.
The man was part of a six-member German expedition that set off in May to climb the 26,658-foot (8,125-m) peak, whose name in Urdu means "Naked Mountain."
The accident happened last week ahead of the 51th anniversary of the peak's conquest by a German climber.
"He slipped when he was descending along with his colleagues," said Esar Karim, the tour operator who organized the trip, adding that the team had successfully reached the summit.
The remaining members of the expedition returned safely, added Karim, who identified the missing man as Gunter Jung.
A German embassy spokesman confirmed a national was feared dead, but declined to give his name.
"We are still waiting for information from the Pakistani authorities," he said.
Nanga Parbat, also known as "Killer Mountain" for the risks associated with ascents, is the ninth highest mountain in the world and the westernmost mountain of the Himalayas.
Hermann Buhl, a German, was the first climber to reach the peak of Nanga Parbat on July 3, 1953, climbing Web sites say.
Pakistan's remote north boasts five of world's 14 peaks higher than 8,000 meters.

At 65, Günter Jung was the oldest person to climb Nanga Parbat when he fell and went missing on descent.

Expedition leader Christian Walter led AlpinClub's first 8,000m expedition to Nanga Parbat in 1993. The team attempted the classical Rakhiot (Buhl) Route, but did not make the summit. Now, 11 years later, Christian made good on his vow to return. Joining him this year is his brother Markus (who has climbed four 8000ers), Jörg Stingl, the second German to climb Everest without oxygen, and Jens Triebel and Carsten Beichler, who each have made first ascents on rock climbs in Brooks Range and Grade X sport climbs. Rounding out the team was 65 year-old Günter Jung, who had 40 years of climbing experience and summited several 7,000m peaks.

Nanga Parbat lies in the Western Himalaya and is the 6th tallest mountain and the 2nd most dangerous after Annapurna. Statistically the summit/fatality rate is 28%.

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