Basque climber, Felix
Iñurrategi was on a quest to climb all fourteen of the world’s 8000m peaks when
his life came to a tragic end. While descending from the summit of Gasherbrum II
in Karakorum, he fell from 6500m when his old climbing rope snapped. He was
climbing with his older brother Alberto at the time of his death, the brothers
had reached the summit of twelve 8000m peaks together.
The two brothers grew up
climbing together in the Pyrenees and Alps, by the time they were in their
twenties they had become common names throughout the climbing community. Most
notably for the fast rate they were climbing 8000m peaks without the aid of
bottled oxygen. Felix began the journey to the top of the world’s highest peaks
in 1991 when he and Alberto reached the summit of Makalu. They climbed Everest
in 1992; K2 in 1994 and in September of 1995 climbed both Cho Oyu and Lhotse. In
1996 they climbed Kangchenjunga and Shisha Panga, Broad Peak in 1997, Dhaulagiri
in 1998 and Nanga Parbat in 1999. They climbed Manaslu in April of 2000 before
they set off for Gasherbrum II.
Though Alberto disappeared from
the climbing community after his brother’s death, a year later he reached the
summit of Gasherbrum I. At the top it was Felix’s ice axe he was leaning on.
Alberto finished the quest the two had set out on in May of 2002 when he reached
the summit of Annapurna. In 2004 Alberto won the Grand Prize ate the Kendal
Mountain Film Festival in the UK. His film was a tribute to Felix entitled,
‘Hire Himalaya’ (Your Himalaya).