Mountaineers declared dead but may have reached peak
John Snorri Sigurjónsson’s family expresses thanks for the extensive search & rescue effort for him and his expedition partners on K2, Muhammad Ali Sadpara and Juan Pablo Mohr.
The statement says that all three were experienced mountaineers and worthy of inclusion in the record books for reaching the top of K2 during the winter. Based on when their last known movements were, from data from John Snorri’s phone, “we are convinced the three men made it to the summit and that something went wrong on the way down,” the statement says.
Lessons for future security
The family thanks the authorities in Pakistan, Chile, and Iceland for their assistance. “We are in no doubt that the extensive search that took place and the equipment that was used were an innovation and we hope it will bring with it greater safety for mountaineers around the world,” the statement reads.
The Pakistani military is singled out for praise for providing manpower and support during difficult times.
The Pakistani authorities plan to officially honour Ali Sadpara—a hero in his home country, who successfully scaled eight of the world’s 14-tallest-mountains. He will receive a posthumous honour, have an airport named after him, and his family will be taken care of financially; as well as his children’s education.