Atanas Skatov’s accident was the second tragedy in a month, when many athletes conquered K2 – the second highest peak in the world – in winter.

According to the sheet Mundo DeportivoSkatov, on February 5, broke his seat belt at Camp Three, at an altitude of 7,528 meters, while on his way back to base camp. Alpine Pakistan Club spokesman Karrar Haidi confirmed the information. Skatov’s body was found by the Pakistani army and transported by helicopter to the town of Skardu.

Skatov (left) in the photo taken before leaving the base camp to conquer K2 on February 3.  Photo: Instagram / Atanas Skatov

Skatov (left) in the photo taken before leaving the base camp to conquer K2 on February 3. Image: Instagram / Atanas Skatov

Chhang Dawa Sherpa, head of the expedition and representative of the company that organized the expedition, said his teammates had an accident while trying to move from one seat belt to another. “Looks like something went wrong and he fell. My good friend Atanas, who has climbed 10 peaks over 8,000 meters high, is a highly rated member compared to the rest of the group. Group. I would like to extend my condolences to his family and friends “, Chhang Dawa posted a message Facebook.

Skatov was born in 1978, is a Bulgarian climber and ecologist. He holds a master’s degree in plant protection and a PhD in Agricultural Science. In May 2014, he became the first vegetarian to conquer Everest. Skatov aims to become the first vegetarian to climb the 14 highest peaks in the world. Before his death, he completed 10 peaks, including: Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II and Dhaulagiri. Skatov has one son, born in 2009.

Being a less active person in sports, Skatov has only really learned about climbing since 2010. Without any basic climbing training program, he taught himself and conquered the highest peaks of each continent in the world. a vegetarian diet to test one’s physical and mental endurance. Skatov once climbed the sixth highest mountain in the world – Cho Oyu (8,201 meters) without using an oxygen tank. Skatov is also not in the habit of learning about the topography of the mountain before the expedition, to feel the pioneering spirit, not knowing what will happen when climbing the mountain.

Skatov is the second climber to die while conquering K2 in less than a month. On January 16, Spanish athlete – Sergi Mingote – lost his life when he fell while moving down to the base camp. This guy seeks to conquer K2 peak in winter. On January 18, Russian climber – Alex Goldfarb – was also found dead at the nearby Pastore Peak (6,209 meters high), after a day of disappearance.

Skatov could not fulfill his wish to be the first vegetarian to conquer all 14 highest peaks in the world.  Photo: Instagram / Atanas Skatov

Skatov could not fulfill his wish to be the first vegetarian to conquer all 14 highest peaks in the world. Image: Instagram / Atanas Skatov

K2 Peak in the Himalayas is considered the last “cathedral” of climbers, because it has never been conquered in winter – the most dangerous season of the year. Since December 2020, 50 climbers have participated in the ambitious expedition. But until January 20, for the first time, 10 Nepalese set foot on the world’s second highest mountain in winter, with -40 degrees Celsius weather.

K2 is part of the large Karakoram mountain range located on the China-Pakistan border, recognized as the second highest mountain range in the world with an altitude of 8,611 m, after Everest. This is the last of the 14 highest mountains in the world – all over 8,000 meters high – to be conquered by mankind in winter. K2 is considered the number one target for many climbers, as peaks above 8,000 meters can not make it difficult for experts to climb in the coldest season. The road to the top of K2 is considered to be the most difficult and dangerous journey, because the terrain and weather are harsh in winter, the steep faces, often with rocky landslides and snow, requiring the climbers to have precise technique. to go to the top.

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