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Attempts to recover body of American climber Alex Goldfarb in Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 20 (efe-epa).- A team of porters on Wednesday tried to recover the body of American mountaineer Alex Goldfarb at Pastore Peak (6,209 meters or 20371 feet), where he was found dead on Monday.

This marked the second death this season in the mountains of Pakistan following the death of Sergi Mingote of Spain.

“Today high altitude porters went up to take his body back,” Alpine Club Of Pakistan’s spokesperson Karrar Haidri told EFE.

He added that they did not know yet if the operation was successful or not.

Goldfarb went missing on Sunday while climbing the Pastore Peak to acclimatize to altitude and later try to climb Broad Peak (8,047 meters).

Everything seems to indicate that Goldfarb suffered a fall, after his climbing partner, Hungarian Zoltan Szlanko, decided to go back due to bad weather while the American climber continued solo.

A search operation with Pakistan Army helicopters was launched on Sunday to find the climber, whose body was located a day later.

Goldfarb, who was of Russian origin, was a physician and taught at Harvard University, according to Explorersweb, a website specializing in mountaineering.

Goldfarb’s death is the second of the season in the Karakoram range, following that of Mingote on Saturday as he suffering a fall on K2, the second highest mountain in the world at 8,611 meters.

Mingote’s death was mourned in Spain by leaders of political parties, the economic world and social entities.

The death of the 49-year-old veteran mountaineer coincided with the first ever winter ascent of K2, an expedition he was jointly leading, achieved by 10 Nepalese sherpas.

The Himalayan peak, on the border of China and Pakistan, was the last of the world’s 14 highest mountains, all over 8,000 meters, never to be scaled in winter. EFE-EPA

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