Climber recounts terrible choice on Pakistan's 'killer' mountain Mar 09, 2018 0 48 12345 AFPIslamabadEngulfed in a blizzard at 6,000 metres, Denis Urubko screamed into the vast darkness on Pakistan's"killer mountain"-- then, through the wind came a woman's faint reply, setting up a daring late-night rescue.Urubko and climbing partner Adam Bielecki scrambled toward the cry, hoping to encounter stranded French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol and Polish alpinist Tomek Mackiewicz.Knowing there was little margin for error, the duo cut through howling winds and heavy snow toward the sound of the beleaguered climbers, who had become stranded during a disastrous descent on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat."I thought 'yes Adam, we are very close',"Urubko told AFP in Islamabad in his first comments to media following the rescue in late January, which made global headlines."I was approaching first and I saw this lady in (the) very weak light of my head lamp."In the bid to save their fellow climbers Urubko and Bielecki had dashed to Nanga Parbat from K2, the world's second highest mountain, briefly abandoning their own historic attempt to become the first to summit it in winter.The pair flew from K2 on a Pakistani military helicopter, arriving on Nanga Parbat in the evening where they began scaling the mountain at an incredible pace. They covered more than 1,000 metres in about eight hours -- at times climbing without ropes, at others using only their ice picks or clinging to the remnants of lines left behind by previous expeditions.When they reached Revol, she had already spent two nights above 6,000 metres without a tent. She had been forced to separate from Mackiewicz, who was suffering from snow blindness and was coughing up blood, a sign of oedema, or acute mountain sickness.The rescuers quickly made camp, forcing the weary Revol to drink water and take medicine.Then, as they waited through the long cold night, they began the terrible debate: whether they should continue searching for Mackiewicz, or get the exhausted and weakened Revol down the mountain.They did not know where Mackiewicz was, only that he was higher up the mountain, shrouded in blizzard and darkness, already ill when Revol left him."Elisabeth was trying to help him to get him down but (it) was not possible of course,"explained Urubko.Revol would not be able to climb down the steep Kinshofer route by herself. But if they went with her, Urubko said, she had a"hundred percent"chance of survival -- while there was"no chance"of saving Mackiewicz.As dawn broke the three began their descent, leaving their Polish comrade to his fate.Revol, who spoke to AFP in February, recalled her parting words to him:"I must go down, they'll come to get you."The decision, she said, was"imposed on me", describing it as"terrible and painful".It took them five and a half hours to reach Camp One, from where they were evacuated by helicopter. The sound of its approach, Urubko said, was the moment they knew they had succeeded in saving Revol.She was flown to Pakistan's capital and later France to be treated for severe frostbite.Following the rescue attempt, Urubko and his team returned to K2. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US museum strips Myanmar's Suu Kyi of rights award Mar 09, 2018 0 318 Chess victories win 'Queens of Karachi' confidence, freedom Mar 09, 2018 0 35 20 Pakistani Taliban killed in Afghanistan as drone hits camp Mar 09, 2018 0 43 Chess victories win 'Queens of Karachi' confidence Thomson Reuters Foundation KARACHI Peering at the chess board from behind her spectacles, 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Maleeha Ali deftly put her opponent's king in checkmate, winning her third victory in a .. 'Afghanistan polling stations under threat' Kabul About a quarter of Afghanistan's polling stations face security risks, electoral officials said on Thursday, four months before the war-torn country is set to hold long-delayed parliamentary and local .. Pakistani activist expected home after 14 months ISLAMABAD A Pakistani activist who mysteriously disappeared in January last year has now contacted his family and is expected to return home soon, his brother said on Thursday. Social activist Samar Abbas disappeared .. Mosque, shops attacked in anti-Muslim Sri Lanka riots AFP Colombo Sri Lankan police said petrol bombs were hurled at a mosque on Thursday as hundreds of troops patrolled a troubled central district where anti-Muslim violence has left three people dead. Muslim-owned ..