Kim Hong-bin, aimed to be the first person with a disability to complete the 14 8000’ers, by reaching the summit of Broad Peak this summer.
Kim lost his fingers to frostbit on Denali in 1991 but since dreamed of climbing all 14 peaks over 8000m – a mission that he started in 2006 when climbing Gasherbrum II.
With just Broad Peak to go Kim had was ready to create history.
Little did we now what was about to unfold as we followed events with this diary…
Helicopter searches have not been able to find Kim Hong-bin.
We have the sad news to bring that following a fall today, Kim Hong-bin has passed away.
He fell into a 15m crevasse while descending between Camps 4 and 3 today.
Rescue attempts were carried out but were unsuccessful.
Summit! – 14 x 8,000ers reached!
“Broad Peak ascent plan 14th – Camp2, 15th – Camp3, 16th – Camp4, 17th – SUMMIT”
“I went to K2 base camp.
Broad Peak climbing route is the best observation point.”
“The weather is still cloudy, snowy and windy, breakfast is Gulbi set meal, lunch is Sujebi, and briefly we have sunlight for the first time in 10 days.”
“The Base Camp is perfectly built but then we partly ran out of power.”
“Good morning. We are organising our Base Camp buildings.”
“We arrived at Concordia, the crossroads of the Baltor Glacier.
“The condition of the crew is not very bad.
“Tomorrow we make base camp.”
“On the first day of the trek going up the slow flowing Inder River to the Broad Peak Base Camp along the Baltor Glacier, the conditions in Skardu greet you with a very refreshing morning with the chirping of birds in the distance. “
“Today, I went to Sapara Lake Deosai National Park (4,000m) for altitude acclimatization.
“Food, equipment, and administrative processing are almost finished.
“Tomorrow, we will send our luggage to the base camp first, and join the team on the 22nd and plan a trek from the 23rd.”
“Our expedition arrives at Islamabad Airport at 00:25 AM on June 16th and will undergo a Corona PCR test again. There is no self-quarantine for 10 days.
“Thank you for your support and concern. Thank you.”