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Bodies of Missing Climbers Found on 'Killer Mountain'

Searchers confirm silhouettes spotted on Nanga Parbat are bodies of Tom Ballard, Daniele Nardi
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2019 9:39 AM CDT
In this undated file photo, the snow-capped mountain of Nanga Parbat is seen in northern Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Musaf Zaman Kazmi, File)
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(Newser) – Two weeks after they went missing on the world's ninth-tallest mountain, the bodies of British climber Tom Ballard and Italian Daniele Nardi have been found on Nanga Parbat, Pakistan's so-called "Killer Mountain," reports the Guardian. Wrote Italy's ambassador to Pakistan: "With great sadness I inform that the search ... is over as ... the search team have confirmed that the silhouettes spotted on Mummery at about (19,300 feet) are those of Daniele and Tom. RIP." Ballard and Nardi had been attempting a difficult winter summit of the Mummery Rib, a steep western face of the mountain, when they went missing on Feb. 24. They last made contact from around 20,670 feet. Their bodies are in difficult terrain, but rescuers say they'll do everything possible to recover them. Ballard's mom, Alison Hargreaves, became the first woman to scale Everest unaided in 1995; months later she perished on K2, another Pakistani mountain. (Read more Nanga Parbat stories.)

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