As people continue to cling on to the hope of finding the lost climbers of ‘K2 Winter Expedition 2021’, a Canadian filmmaker recalls the last time Ali Sadpara was caught on camera. This was just days before he and his team were lost in the snowy mountains.
Elia Saikaly recalled accompanying the K2 Winter Expedition 2021 and referred to Ali Sadpara as a ‘living legend’.
Recently the Pakistani mountaineer set out to summit the world’s second highest peak without oxygen, with Icelandic climber John Snorri, Chilean mountaineer JP Mohr, and his son Sajid Sadpara.
“For two and a half weeks we filmed and shared precious time with this living legend. #AliSadpara The last scene I filmed with Ali was at camp 2 on K2. John, Ali and Sajid were telling me on camera how excited they were to summit.”
For two and a half weeks we filmed and shared precious time with this living legend. #AliSadpara The last scene I filmed with Ali was at camp 2 on K2. John, Ali and Sajid were telling me on camera how excited they were to summit. #K2 #Pakistan #Sadpara #Prayingforamiracle pic.twitter.com/GagXZPyd1d
— Elia Saikaly (@EliaSaikaly) February 9, 2021
The image shared by Elia Saikaly is at Camp-2, the last scene the filmmaker shot for his documentary about this group of climbers attempting the winter summit of the ‘savage mountain’.
— Elia Saikaly (@EliaSaikaly) February 10, 2021
Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohr were last seen on Friday around noon at the Bottleneck, what is considered the most difficult part of the climb up K2. The Bottleneck is a steep and narrow gully just 300 metres shy of the 8,611 metre (28,251 ft) high K2.
Rescue teams were out looking for the climbers after they lost contact with the base camp but rescue operation was paused due to harsh weather. Ali’s son, Sajid Sadpara has already lost hope saying it is unlikely they survived.
Muhammad Ali Sadpara recently celebrated his birthday on February, 2nd. Meanwhile Chilean mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr would have turned 34 on February 9th.