I first reported on Dodo Kopold’s Double-Double a while back when it was still just a plan, but word has come in that he has completed his quest to summit both Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma in the Spring Season.
However, there is grim news to go along with Dodo’s triumph. MountEverest.net is reporting that Dodo’s climbing partner, Marek Hudák, is missing, and has been missing since Tuesday. Dodo and Marek were climbing on Shisha Pangma, making their summit bid, when the parted ways. Dodo continued to the top, but Marek retreated down the mountain. When Dodo returned to C2 he found that the camp had been buried in ice and that his friend was missing. The only signs of Marek were an ice axe and a glove. He hasn’t been seen since the two separated on four days ago.
Dodo and the Korean team on the South face of Shisha have searched for the missing climber, but so far to no avail. The loss of his friend has put a dark veil over Dodo’s accomplishments, as he has claimed the first two 8000m summits of the year. He’s not stopping there either, as he plans to travel to Pakistan to summit Nanga Parbat and K2 this Summer. We’ll have to wait to see if those plans change following this tragedy.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Marek’s friends and family at this time.