K2 Survivors Describe Ordeal as Last Reaches Camp

Frostbitten climber hobbles home
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2008 7:58 AM CDT
The glacier field is seen from the route to the North Ridge of K2 in the Xinjiang Province of China during the summer of 2000.   (AP Photo/John Heilprin)
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(Newser) – Survivors of Friday's K2 avalanche that killed 11 climbers describe a chaotic scene as the groups panicked and split up, BBC reports. “Everybody was fighting for himself,” said one of seven survivors. “I still do not understand why everybody was leaving each other.” Italian Marco Confortola, expected to be the last found alive, hobbled into an Advance Base Camp this morning, after a rescue party had found and bivouacked with the frostbitten and exhausted climber last night.

Helicopters are still trying to airlift him off of K2, Reuters reports, but heavy mists have  thwarted them. Hopes for the last four missing climbers are fading, rescuers said. “Up there, it was hell,” Conforola told his brother via satellite phone.