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.
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.
“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.