A hero's tragedy

On August 1, 2008, Limerick man Ger McDonnell became the first Irishman to scale K2, the second- highest mountain in the world. On his descent, tragedy struck, and he was killed.

24th March, 2012
A hero's tragedy
Ger McDonnell. Photo: Wilco van Rooijen

On August 1, 2008, Limerick man Ger McDonnell became the first Irishman to scale K2, the second-highest mountain (and widely regarded as the toughest climb) in the world. On his descent, tragedy struck, and he was killed, along with other climbers from around the world.

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It was just before 8am on August 1, 2008. The weather conditions were perfect for a summit attempt on K2 - little or no wind, light snow underfoot and sunshine. The pre-dawn...

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