Vastavam web: After an exhausting night ascent, Polish climbers rescued French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol from the treacherous slopes of Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” but were unable to save her climbing companion, Poland’s winter climbing team said.A team of Polish climbers preparing for the first winter ascent of the nearby K2 mountain set off to rescue them.
Ascending until the early hours of Sunday, they found Revol exhausted and suffering from frostbite, but an approaching snow storm prevented them from going higher for Tomasz.“I salute the courage of the four Polish heroe. My thoughts are with the family and relatives of Tomek,” French ambassador to Poland Pierre Levy said on Twitter.They were dropped off by helicopters at about 4,900 metres, from where the first two climbers began their ascent. Pakistani helicopters had spotted Revol at about 6,700 metres on Saturday.
A crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $140,000 to finance the rescue and support the wife and three children of Mackiewicz.“The mountains were his own world and his fulfilment,” said Mackiewicz’s wife Anna Solska.