Mountain Climbing Accidents: Deaths On Nanga Parbat People
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Mountain Climbing Accidents: Deaths On Nanga Parbat

Meaning "naked mountain" in Hindi or "killer mountain" casually, Nanga Parbat is the ninth tallest mountain in the world with a peak of 8,126 meters or 26,660 feet. The peak has attracted many throughout the years who've attempted to ascent the eight-thousander, but sadly mountain climbing accidents led to many deaths on Nanga Parbat.

Perhaps the most notable loss of life came in 1934 when a total of nine members of one expedition passed during their climb. Similar to the first climb, which claimed three lives in 1895, the ascent was unsuccessful, but did not deter others from reaching the peak.

The Germans were among those who returned to the mountain, located in the Himalayas in Pakistan. It was not until 1953 that Austrian climber Hermann Buhl successfully reached the summit for the first time. Others followed in the decades since, including many who lost their lives trying.

But for as long as there are mountains, there will be unfortunate mountain climbing accidents. Others have tried, and failed, on nearby mountains, such as those who died climbing Dhaulagiri and those who lost their lives climbing Mt. Everest.
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    Wolfgang Kölblinger

    10 July 2009

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    Willy Merkl

    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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    Willo Welzenbach

    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.

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    Ulrich Wieland

    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.

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    Siegi Löw

    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.

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