Team Belgium falls to death
“IsnÂ´t it an amazing feeling,
to know that there is absolutely nothing alse in the world
that you would rather be doing at this moment!”
Yesterday early morning 3 climbers & friends from Belgium, with whom I have been climbingÂ and living together in Huaraz for the last month, have fallen to death on Tocllaraju West Face (D+, 6032m).
|Photo Â© Elias Segovia (www.mountcoach.net)|
When the police asked for their passport details we went through their personal belongings which they left behind at our hostel. I couldnÂ´t see with all the tears in my eyes, knowing my friends donÂ´t mind what IÂ´m doing since they wonÂ´t come back. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life!
|Me, An & Koen resting on the way to Alpamayo Col Camp|
An (22), Koen (25) & Hans (29)
were the kind of people the world needs to become a better place.
IÂ´m so sad! I donÂ´t understand!Â And IÂ´mÂ sure the accident will affect my mountaineering career until the end of my climbing days. Was it a warning at the right time?
I am in Lima leaving for theÂ AmazonÂ now. I need to get away, far away from mountains for a while.
Belgian Consul Jacques Francois says the party was not far from the summit when cascading snow and/or possible serac fall swept them off a steep slope to an ice shelf 400 meters below.
More info can be found at the Team BelgiumÂ´s blog:
It was the third fatal accident in just 10 days in the treacherous Peruvian mountains.
Addendum: In September 2010 An & Hans’ parents went to Tocllaraju to place a monument in the glacier camp: