Albert F. Mummery
Climbing as part of a German expedition led by Willy Merkl, Alfred Drexel died on Nanga Parbat around July 16, 1934. The climb was reportedly financed by the Nazi government and pushed Drexel to suffer from a high altitude pulmonary edema.
Using the same leader, Willy Merkl, that led the fatal expedition for Alfred Drexel, Elbridge Herron was killed attempting to scale Nanga Parbat. Herron was one of several Americans to join the Germans on the journey, which took his life in 1932.
Along with Ragobir Singh, Goman Singh was one of two Gurkhas who joined notable climber Albert F. Mummery on the first attempted ascent of Nanga Parbat. All three lost their lives to an avalanche during the climb.
Italian mountaineer Günther Messner lost his life on June 29, 1970, while attempting to climb Nanga Parbat with his brother, Reinhold Messner. Günther Messner reportedly died in an avalanche after suffering exhaustion and altitude sickness. His death was later the subject of controversy in both 2000 and 2005 after bones were found on the mountain.
Though one of the most experienced climbers in Latin America, José Antonio Delgado unsuccessfully attempted to climb Nanga Parbat in what would have been his sixth eight-thousander. Delgado attempted the quest alone, lost contact with the base camp and was found dead on July 22, 2006.
After reaching the summit of Nanga Parbat, Korean climber Mi-Sun Go lost her life when she fell off a cliff. She reportedly hit poor weather in her descent, fell 3,000 feet and was found dead on July 11, 2009.
On July 13, 1985, Peter Kalmus died in an avalanche during an expedition with four other climbers. The team attempted to clear a new road on the south-east pillar of the Rupal flank of Nanga Parbat when they encountered the avalanche.
Finishing out the trio of the ill-fated August 24, 1895, expedition, Gurkha Ragobir Singh passed away with Goman Singh and Albert F. Mummery. The group attempted the first ascent of Nanga Parbat, but were unsuccessful.
Iranian climber Saman Nemati was lost in 2008 after unsuccessfully attempting to scale Nanga Parbat. According to reports, Nemati requested rescue on July 23, 2008, but he was never found.
After escaping death when he was presumed dead in a Dresden bombing as a child, Siegi Löw met his maker on Nanga Parbat on June 23, 1962. Löw successfully became the second to reach the summit, but died during the descent.
Ulrich Wieland was part of one of the first few attempted climbs of Nanga Parbat when he met with poor weather and died on July 9, 1934. A total of nine died during the quest including Alfred Drexel.
Following the death of Ulrich Wieland only five days earlier, Willo Welzenbach passed away on July 14, 1934, during the ill-fated expedition that took nine lives. Six sherpas and Alfred Drexel were others who passed during one of the first attempted ascents of Nanga Parbat.
Willy Merkl was the final expedition member to lose his life, passing away on July 16, 1934, after the trek claimed the lives of eight others in his crew. Merkl was part of the group who attempted one of the first climbs of Nanga Parbat, a good 20 years before the first successful climb.
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