K2: Swedish Climber Fredrik Ericsson Falls To His Death

August 6, 2010

It was on K2, Swedish climber Fredrik Ericsson fell to his death Friday morning. Get more details on this story plus see photos and video below of Ericsson.

Swedish Climber Fredrik Ericsson

Such sad news. The incident occurred Friday morning on K2. Swedish climber and skier Fredrik Ericsson slipped and fell from the second highest peak in the world.

An entry made by David Schipper (he made an attempt on K2 in 2007) on Ericsson’s website explained what happened:

“According to the conversation Fabrizio had with Gerlinde, Fredrik was fixing rope to the rock in the bottle neck above her when he lost purchase and was unable to arrest his fall. This happened some time between 7 and 8 AM. Later it was determined he fell about 1000m and did not survive.”

The 35 year old skier and climber, also known as “Frippe”, was attempting the climb with his partners, Trey Cook of the U.S. and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner of Austria. They had been prepping for this climb since arriving at the base of K2 on June 22nd. You can see video of the start of their journey below, with the vid titled, ‘SKI K2 – 2010′.

His attempt to summit K2 was part of his quest to ski the world’s three highest peaks – K2, Everest and Kangchenjunga.

It was just last year that Ericsson had made his first attempt on K2. Sadly, Michele Fait, his climbing partner at the time, was killed when the Italian’s skis slipped on ice and he fell more than 3000 feet to his death.

Skinet.com is reporting that “at the request of his parents, Ericsson’s body will be left resting at about 22,966 feet.”

It seems only fitting that he is laid to rest on K2. Swedish climber Fredrik Ericsson will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. You may leave your condolences in the comment section, and more photos and video can be found below.

Swedish Climber Fredrik Ericsson Swedish Climber Fredrik Ericsson K2

Photos: Wikipedia.org/Skieur/Svy123

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6 Responses to “K2: Swedish Climber Fredrik Ericsson Falls To His Death”

  1. 1
    Chad Sinclair Says:

    Sorry to hear of this accident.K2 Extreme.
    Chad Sinclair
    Big Spring,Texas

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    c Says:


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    Bklynjs Says:

    No one is stronger thanw nature. Why dio people do this. All you can say is you climbed a mountain when your done. The ones that make it come down with frostbitten body parts. But most of all you have to wait in line to summit the big one, so you are not so unique anymore. But God bless this boy.

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    terra firma Says:

    We all have that mountain to scale. May it leave a stirring in the hearts of those who reach for the heavens. May everyone’s life come to a conclusion in what they enjoy most. Bless your family Fredrik and their obvious belief in you.

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    Mountain Man Says:

    I met a mountain climber friend the other day for an outing in the Rocky Mountains with no climbing. I have free climbed and rope climbed a little so I get the athleticism-conquer-accomplishment thing. But, I also get the danger thing too. My friend told me of 3 people he knew that died climbing and I’ve heard countless tales from others. I’m sure Frederick knew plenty that died as well but he still did it. It is an epic way to live and die, that’s a for sure a. Hope he thought it was worth it. RIP

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    Thomas Williams Says:

    Jesus said, anything we do outside of Faith is sin- Fredrik Ericsson I beleive lived his life operating in Faith,to stretch beyond what man should possible be able to do on his own. We should all stretch beyond what we can reach by ourselves.