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After Harrowing Weekend Rescue, One Climber Saved, One Lost To 'Killer Mountain'

A team of Polish mountaineers, preparing to climb K2, responded to a call from a duo attempting a risky winter ascent of Pakistan's Nanga Parbat. They rescued one climber but couldn't reach the other.
Nanga Parbat, Pakistan's second-highest mountain, is shown in 2014. It's one of the world's deadliest mountains for climbers. Source: Gohar Abbas

After a global fundraiser, a plea to Pakistan's Army for help, an ill-timed snowstorm and a daring overnight climb by a team of volunteer rescuers, French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol has been rescued from Nanga Parbat, one of the world's tallest and most dangerous mountains.

But her Polish climbing partner Tomasz "Tomek" Mackiewicz, whose life she was attempting to save had to be left behind.

The rescue team of elite Polish mountaineers was brought by helicopter from nearby K2, where they were attempting to make history in a separate climbing expedition. But after risking their lives to reach Revol, they could not make it through a storm to the crevice where Mackiewicz, struck down by frostbite and snowblindness,

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